Pet Loss & Grief

The loss of a pet, young or old, is a sad and difficult situation

These animals are part of the family. In some situations, the pet lost originally belonged to a deceased family member. Feelings of loss for the family member can resurface in addition to the sadness one feels when the pet is gone. Some feel guilt, especially when the pet was euthanized. It is important to address these feelings.

Everyone grieves differently. All members in the household will handle the sadness in their own way. Some find relief in creating keepsakes like a scrapbook or photo album. Others may hold a burial service or have cremation ashes placed in special urn. Children may draw pictures of the pet to relieve pain. Still others may adopt another pet to fill the quietness in the house. Whatever the situation, acknowledgment of the need for relief is important.

At Animal Medical Center, we understand how important your pet was to you. Most of us have been through it before, and sometimes with many pets. We wanted to provide some resources that my aid in your relief.

Article: “Coping with the loss of a pet” by the AMVA

Rainbows Bridge – Virtual memorial home and grief support community

ASPCA Grief Hotline – 877-GRIEF-10 (1-877-474-3310)

Iams Pet Loss Support Center – 1-888-332-7738 (Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm)

Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love: A Complete Resource to Help You Heal By Lorri A. Greene Ph.D. , Jacquelyn Landis

Pet Loss Help