Losing a Pet

Losing a close pet can be a difficult situation. We've listed a few links and articles here in our Pet Loss section that might help you with the grieving process.

End of Life Care FAQ

Coping with the impending loss of a pet is one of the most difficult experiences a pet parent will face. Whether your furry friend is approaching his golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it’s important to calmly guide the end-of-life experience and minimize any discomfort or distress. As your pet’s health declines, you may elect to care for your pet at home—with the supervision of a veterinarian—or you may decide to end his suffering with euthanasia.

Pet Loss Help

Pet Loss Help. Org is devoted to supporting the grieving process of those who have lost companion animals. If this is the reason for your visit, please accept our deepest sympathy. You may feel overwhelmed and shocked by this recent departure. Or, you may still mourn a long-absent best friend and wonder if you will ever feel right again.

10 Common Questions About Pet Loss

1. Grief responses within the normative range can be divided into emotional and behavioral responses:
Emotional responses include denial, inability to accept the loss, intense tearfulness, disorientation, insomnia, disbelief, shock, loss of appetite, anger, guilt, isolation, depression, ruminating endlessly about the final days/hours, feeling that you will never be the same, feeling like you are going crazy, and feeling that you cannot tolerate the pain.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

We are all professionally trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling, and are here for you. Our beloved animal friends have brought us together, and in honor of them we are now all here for each other, as well.

Helping Your Child When the Family Pet Dies

Facing the death of a family pet can be one of the most traumatic events in a child's young life. The ASPCA Pet Loss Support program can provide advice on how to deal with the young members of your family. If you are unable to contact us right away, the following tips may help:

Coping With Pet Loss

Given the intense bond most of us share with our animals, it’s natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness when a pet dies. While some people may not understand the depth of feeling you had for your pet, you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend. Instead, use these healthy ways to cope with the loss, comfort yourself and others, and begin the process of moving on.