Coping With the Loss of a Pet

Coping

Focus on the good times you had together and let yourself work through it. Avoidance doesn’t help. 

Talking to someone 

Other pet owners, family and friends can be supportive. If you need more, ask your veterinarian to recommend a support group or pet-loss counselor. 

Time to Heal

You might experience the feelings of guilt, denial, anger and depression before you come to acceptance and healing. 

Talking to children

Be gentle with a child as they deal with their sorrow. For more help you can find some great advice on www.pbskids.org.

Other Pets

Pets often form strong attachments to their companions, and may seem to grieve with the absence.

Getting a New Pet

Don’t rush into buying a new pet right away. Take your time and make sure you are ready to build a full loving relationship. When the time is right, contact your local Humane Society. 

Suggested Readings

  • Saying Good-bye to the Pet You Love
    Lorri Greene, PhD and Jacquelyn Landis, New Harbinger Publications, 2002
  • Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet
    Moira Anderson, Peregrine Press, 1994.
  • The Human-Animal Bond and Grief
    Laurel Lagoni, Carolyn Butler & Suzanne Hetts, W.B. Saunders and Company, 1994.
  • Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet
    Myrna Milani, DVM, Prima Publishing, 1988.
  • Oh Where Has My Pet Gone?: A Pet Loss Memory Book, Ages 3-103
    Sally Sibbitt, B. Libby Press, 1991.
  • The Loss of a Pet
    Wallace Sife, Howell Books, 1998.
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
    Judith Viorst, Athenum, 1971.
  • Charlotte’s Web
    E.B. White, Harper Junior, 1952.

We Understand that Pets Are Family