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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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Things I Wish I Had Known When My Dog Died

Originally published: Pet City – By JEN A. MILLER MARCH 23, 2017  Credit – Heidi Younger On Jan. 4, 11 years and 26 days after I walked out of an animal shelter in New Jersey with a little white and brown dog attached to the end of a brand-new leash, she died. On this day, an undiagnosed tumor […]

The Traumatic Loss of a Pet Under Sudden and Violent Circumstances can Leave an Owner Feeling Powerless.

Grief over the death of a beloved pet can be devastating Ellie advises a reader who can’t recover from the death of a dog/best friend, killed by a pitbull in its owner’s presence. By: Ellie Advice, Published on Thu Mar 14 2013     Q: Last September, I lost my 3-year-old dog/best friend in a […]

Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers

The pet doctor: Our animals can be teachers, too By Christie Long • The pet doctor • October 7, 2010 I have a colleague who reminds me often, as I’m tearing my hair out over a particularly difficult diagnosis or agonizing about how to treat a critically ill patient, that animals are our teachers. As […]

A Poem for the Grieving

Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting […]

There is a Beautiful Soul Working in the Dead Letter Office of the US Postal Service

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that […]

Why are Some Causes of Grief Unacceptable to Society?

By Rheyanne Weaver August 11, 2010 – 11:55pm 1 comments When you take care of something for months or even years, you can grow attached to it, especially when it brings you happiness. For example, I became attached to several of my pet rats. Of course, the inevitable happened: they died. Although some people didn’t […]

Understanding Pet Loss and Grief

All of us need to love and to be loved. Loving animals is an important part of being human. As we develop bonds of love and affection we become attached to that one. When we lose one we love, we grieve. So grief is a normal reaction to the loss of someone or something to […]

Dogs Never Die, They are Sleeping in Your Heart

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 white Pit […]

A Tribute For Your Pet

By NICK BARNETT  Most of us have lost at least one pet that we really loved. How do we handle it? And what about when it’s not us but a friend who’s the bereaved one – what do you do then? A friend of mine, Kathy, recently lost her Abyssinian kitten. I knew Kathy was fond of […]

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