Pet Loss and Grief - Articles Archive

New Zealand’s first Pet Loss Support hotline established at 0800 114 421

By Georgia Mountford / November 11, 2018
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Pet loss is most often associated with the death of animal, but can also be experienced through other scenarios – such as a relationship breakup, a relocation or a missing pet. People are no longer expected to grieve alone. Support is a phone call away. An New Zealand national hotline has been set up to connect grieving animal lovers with counsellors who can help them cope with their loss.

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Pet Loss & Bereavement – Dr Michael O’Donoghue with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

By Michael O'Donoghue / July 15, 2018

Pets and People was founded by Dr Michael 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. In a recent interview on the ABC.net.au, Michael describes the profound effects that our animal companions have on our lives, and the intense grief that can […]

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Weekend Sunrise (Channel 7) sheds lights on pet loss and grief with Dr Michael O’Donogohue

By Georgia Mountford / September 15, 2017
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Those grieving often suffer in silence because the lack of understanding in the outside world means sympathy is hard to come by.  Pet owners are often told, “it’s just an animal” or “you can always get another one” – comments which can understandably be hard to hear.

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Dr Michael O’Donoghue establishes Australia’s first Pet Loss Support hotline on 1300 431 450

By Georgia Mountford / August 6, 2017
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Grieving animal lovers can now call a national hotline that has been set up to connect people with qualified and experienced counsellor who can help them cope with their loss. At the time of launch there were 10 service counsellors based across Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – with the service continuing to expand and […]

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The Last Battle

By External Source / August 2, 2017
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If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this — the last battle — can’t be won. You will be sad I understand, But don’t let grief then stay your hand, For on this day, more […]

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Don’t Shame Me For Grieving My Dog’s Death

By External Source / April 26, 2017
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A loss of a pet is still a loss. 05/04/2017 9:22 PM AEST | Lindsay Holmes – Deputy Healthy Living Editor, HuffPost LINDSAY HOLMES The author’s dog, Sapp, who loved going for rides and running on golf courses. “U want to cancel bc ur dog back home died? Haha.” A few months after I moved to New […]

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How You and Your Child can Cope With Loss of a Pet

By External Source / April 26, 2017
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Credits: Virginia State Parks on flickr By MARIA SIKOUTRIS DI IORIO  April 25, 2017 at 12:58 PM Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love.  If you understand this connection between human and animal, then you understand that coping with loss and grief of a pet is no different than when a person you […]

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

By External Source / April 20, 2017
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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 […]

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Honoring Beloved Pets That Have Passed Away

By External Source / April 13, 2017
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JUDY LAYNE | NS SPCA Published April 9, 2017 – 1:04pm Last Updated April 11, 2017 – 12:20pm My sweet Maddie on her favorite pillow. This story is hard for me to write since it’s intensely personal. I’m sharing it so that anyone who has truly loved and lost a cherished pet knows that someone […]

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Deciding When a Pet Has Suffered Enough

By External Source / March 28, 2017
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By JESSICA PIERCE Published: September 22, 2012 ODY died peacefully last year, Nov. 29. He was 14 and a half. Truth be told, Ody didn’t just die. I killed him. I paid a vet to come to my house and inject a chemical solution into a vein in Ody’s back leg. People ask me how […]

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