Author Archives: Anna McClain

Teens: Grief Patterns and Processing Pet Loss

Grief affects everyone differently, through both emotional turmoil and physical exhaustion, and impacts our body, heart, and soul. Whether we have grieved before or feel “prepared” for these patterns, grief can hit us like a wave of shock, disbelief, and … Continue reading

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Gifts of Grief

As people grieve for their lost best friends, it is easy to immediately remember the pain, agony, and physical fatigue involved in experiencing pet loss. We will always remember and cherish our loved one’s beautiful compassionate gaze, blissful kisses, and … Continue reading

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Creating a Comforting Goodbye for Your Pet

Awaiting your beloved pet’s euthanasia appointment can bring both physical strain and emotional tension to your heart as you contemplate these painful moments ahead. How will you ever be able to say good-bye to your best friend, your family member, … Continue reading

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Grieving Through the Years After Pet Loss

No words can truly describe the broken pain and agony we feel when our beloved best friends pass away, whether just moments ago or even years later. We each share a special loving bond together with our pets unlike any … Continue reading

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Family Conflict Through Caretaking Decisions and How to Navigate: Part 2

Part 2: Mediating the Caretaking Conversation Among Family: One of the most important first steps to help prevent familial conflict is to plan a set time for everyone to sit down and have a quiet discussion of respectful communication, active … Continue reading

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Family Conflict Through Caretaking Decisions and How to Navigate: Part 1

Part 1: Understanding Familial Conflict and Discussion Preparation: There are many difficult decisions to consider when preparing for your beloved pet’s end-of-life care, such as palliative treatment, medical procedures, euthanasia, and aftercare. It can quickly become emotionally overwhelming and physically … Continue reading

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Taking Care of our Physical Selves During Grief

Losing a pet can leave us with such emotional heartache and physical pain that a heavy weight starts to envelop our heart, spirit, and body. This can also deeply impact our daily routine and self-care. As we struggle to endure, … Continue reading

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What to Expect at a Pet Loss Support Group

When someone experiences the deep heartache of pet loss, no words can properly express the physical pain, pure sorrow, and hollow emptiness felt after losing a beloved friend. Pet loss differs from other losses as we each form a special, … Continue reading

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