Category Archives: Grieving the loss of a pet

Anticipatory Grief: The Sadness Before the Loss

When we learn that our beloved pet has a terminal illness, or we realize that they are struggling with the changes that old age brings, many of us feel a deep sense of loss or grief even though our pet … Continue reading

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What life is like now

When your pet dies, everything changes. Your morning routine, your shopping lists, the space in your bed. The void that creeps into your life and the hole you can’t seem to fill in your heart is your new normal. When will … Continue reading

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‘Heart-work’ of the Holidays

The holidays inevitably call us to the ‘heart-work’ of our relationships. This is particularly so in the instance of relationships where our intimate other has died, including our beloved animal family members. Grief associated with the loss of an animal … Continue reading

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Coping With Grief During the Holidays

For many people, the holidays are a time spent with our loved ones, celebrating our relationships and togetherness. When you have lost a family member, including a beloved pet, the holidays can magnify your sense of loss. Suddenly, the merriment … Continue reading

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Pets and grief: involving other pets in an end of life appointment.

Often, our clients have more than one pet at home, and they wonder where their other pets should be during the euthanasia appointment.  While this is a personal choice and it depends on the pets involved, we do have some … Continue reading

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Am I ready for another pet?

The ifs and whens of getting another pet can be complicated and emotional, and no two experiences are exactly alike. While there isn’t necessarily a “right” or “wrong” decision, there are some questions you should ask yourself to help explore … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas: Grief and Self-Care

The holiday season is upon us, and many of us have traditions that we keep alive during the winter months. Whether it be gathering with family and friends, a treasured recipe for comfort food, or quiet nights by the fire … Continue reading

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Winter Memorial Crafts

The holidays and the winter season in general tend to bring a certain sense of peace and togetherness for many.  Perhaps it is the shorter days and longer nights, the time spent with family, or the comfort food that we share … Continue reading

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Healing Through Remembering

  If you have ever lost a human family member, you know that funeral services, public announcements, obituaries, visitations or wakes, and many sympathy cards usually follow the death. Often, there is a period of mourning that is acknowledged, respected … Continue reading

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Pet Loss Hotlines

When you are grieving the loss of your beloved pet or you are wrestling with painful end-of-life decisions, it is important to identify your support system so that you know where to turn when you are feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes our … Continue reading

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