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...
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.
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
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. Thurston holds Squeak, one of the clinic’s cats. August 05, 2010 WATERLOO — Until late last […]
Pet Loss and Grief Counseling Does Counseling Help When You Have Lost a Pet? The loss of a pet can be for some people, a devastating and misunderstood experience. It is not unusual, if you are feeling bereft and distressed if you have recently experienced the loss of your pet. Those who have never bonded […]
Just last week, while I was performing euthanasia for a critically ill patient, the pet’s owner looked at me and said, “I bet this is the hardest part of your job.” That gave me pause. For me, putting animals to sleep is not one of the hardest parts of being a veterinarian. That’s because […]
Can Losing a Pet Hurt More Than Losing a Spouse? by Susan Pease Gadoua Unconditional love is a powerful connecter of humans and their animals. Published on August 15, 2010 Last week, my best friend was hit by a car and killed. Bijoux was eight human years old (56 dog years). She was a 25 […]
How to know when it is time to say goodbye? This decision is the hardest part of owning a pet, our pets and companions have put their trust in us, and we must decide when enough is enough. I believe there are several important questions to ask yourself: Is the pet still eating and […]
Ask Amy: Cat owner regrets euthanizing pet Vet said the illness would cause a horrible natural death. By AMY DICKINSON Last update: March 10, 2010 – 3:18 PM Featured comment Dear Full of Regret, I’m in the same boat. I put down my cat of 16 years down on New Year’s Eve. I’m 99% […]
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 […]
When I read this piece I really loved it. It’s simple and very beautiful. I’m sharing it because I thought it might be of comfort for those experiencing the loss of a four-legged family member. Ernest Montague wrote this and says, “I wrote this several years ago in memory of Bolo, a black and […]