Welcome to Pets & People - our support network for grieving pet owners...

Understanding grief & loss

Reactions to grief can be manifested many different ways - some of which might be...

  • feelings - of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, guilt
  • thoughts - such as confusion, preoccupation and disbelief
  • physical reactions - like sleep disturbances, empty sensation in stomach, breathlessness or tightness in the chest
  • behaviour - such as crying, sighing, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, social withdrawal

These are only some of the ways that grief is experienced. Unfortunately, the grief associated with the loss of a pet is often the most misunderstood. Family and friends often mean well, but can sometimes dis­miss your pain and dis­tress...

Read more about pet loss & grief

Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief experienced with the loss of a companion animal.

Counselling can help...

Not all counsellors specialise in grief and even less deal with the grief associated with Pet Loss. But help is at hand.

Our aim at Pets and People is to help connect pet owners with qualified and experienced pet loss counsellors who are ready and willing to support people in this difficult time.

Find a Counsellor

Share the loss of your pet with a therapist who will understand and support you...

Contact our 24 / 7 pet loss support line on 1300 431 450

  • Loving animals is an important part of being human

    Los­ing an ani­mal friend can feel as dev­as­tat­ing as los­ing a human loved one...

  • It's okay to grieve...

    Your rela­tion­ship with your pet was spe­cial

  • Our relationships with our pets bring much love and joy to both the human and the animal.

  • If your pet was an important part of your life

    ...then it is normal to grieve when they die.

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Why do we get so grief-stricken at the loss of a pet?

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Healing hearts Pet loss CD

Karen Litzinger, Licensed Professional Counselor, was inspired to create this CD following the deaths of her two dogs within four months. It takes you on a healing journey with words of wisdom, comforting affirmations, an inspirational reading, a guided meditation, and soothing harp music. The CD is 49 minutes with an accompanying 20-page booklet insert that […]

People answer the question: “Do animals have an after life?”

Here is what they had to say:   Oh, how I wish when I die my dog Skippy or my cat Peaches would meet me at the gate and we would go on like we were never apart. Life would be easier to live if after death we could all meet in a glorious place […]

Public Mourning of Deceased Pets Gains Acceptance

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:00 am Associated Press | FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Because Julie Mack’s golden retriever was her best friend, roommate, playmate and travel partner, the euthanized passing of the nearly 12-year-old Clancy was excruciatingly painful. As Clancy’s head rested in her lap, Mack said a tearful goodbye in the privacy of […]

Cold noses at the pearly Gates

  Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates is an incredibly well researched book offering true and lasting peace for individuals coping with pet loss. The author’s concern for his readers is made evident throughout the book. He wants you to know you are not alone and that the Word of God offers you hope in […]

Vet starts a pet bereavement programe

Pet-owner bereavement requires passage of time by Mirko Petricevic/Record staff Brien Thurston and Dr. Robert Close (veterinarian) at the Close Veterinary Clinic in Kitchener. They have developed a grief counselling/bereavement program for pet owners whose pets have died. August 05, 2010 WATERLOO — Until late last year Dr. Jennifer Heick spent her lunches strolling along […]

We Have A Secret – A Pet Loss Poem

We Have A Secret (Author unknown) We have a secret, you and I that no one else shall know, for who but I can see you lie each night in fire glow? And who but I can reach my hand before we go to bed and feel the living warmth of you and touch your […]

Ideas for Managing your Grief

Ideas for Managing your Grief Cry when and how you need to– you have lost a special companion. Strong emotions can be part of grief. Walk or exercise if you are able and try to eat and sleep regularly. Keep to your normal routine as much as possible as this can provide you some stability […]

Pet loss story – Goodbye Dear Jake

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Pet Loss: Good-bye Dear Jake It is good to be back in Michigan!  In December Peter and I  loaded Jake, our 15 yr old Lab/Shepard mix, in  the car and drove to our new winter home: Tucson, AZ. We were concerned about Jake’s comfort and ability to make the trip, but he tolerated […]

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• We are passionate about people & pets • Pet Loss Sympathy Cards • Grief Support Services and Counselling • Articles and resources for grieving pet owners Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief often experienced through the loss of a companion animal. Locum Vet services available - Call - (07) 3372 1679. 49 Gleneagles Crescent, Brisbane QLD 4075
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We know this is true but hoping to inform non pet owners as well.
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