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Support When Coping with the Loss of Your Pet

  • Allow yourself time to grieve the loss of a beloved family member.  Resources are available to you to help you mourn your pet, and allow the healing process to begin.

  • Decide if there are rituals you would like to observe in order to honor your pet: continue a special walk, donate to a favorite charity, volunteer at a shelter or pay special tribute to your pet through a memorial service or blessing.

  • Think about how the loss of your pet may affect other family members, including children and animals in the household.  Ask for help if you need guidance in supporting others affected by the loss.

  • Just as you showed compassion towards your pet, give yourself permission to feel sad, angry, guilty, hurt, and even relief.  Surround yourselves with others who understand the magnitude of your loss.

  • And remember, all of your actions were done with a loving intention.