Pet Loss

Below are links to all the articles I've posted on this blog over the years, about the grief that accompanies the loss of a cherished animal companion. Note that at the base of each post, you'll find links to related resources (articles, books, websites, organizations). As a grief counselor who spends time every day searching for reliable and current information on the Internet, it has been my experience that, no matter the topic, it is likely that someone, somewhere has written and published something of value on that particular topic ~ or will do so after my own article is published on my blog. So no matter when I post an article, I am continually on the lookout, watching for resources that are related to the topic under discussion ~ and I am happy to share links to them with my readers. When you click on any of these links, you'll find useful material written not only by me, but also a rich assortment of resources offered by other authors as well. My posts are being updated regularly with links to additional resources ~ all in an effort to provide my readers with a vast assortment of current, valid and reliable information. Note that every article includes the date on which it was most recently reviewed and updated.

A Bill of Rights for Grieving Animal Lovers

Adoption Failure Leads to Relinquishment and Guilt

Afraid to Love My Remaining Pets

Animal Rescuer Devastated As Shelter Disregards Her Wishes

Anticipating the Death of a Cherished Pet

At My Age, Is It Selfish to Get Another Dog?

Cat with FIV Euthanized Too Soon ~ Guilt Follows

Children and Pet Loss: A Family Deals With An Accidental Death

Children and Pet Loss: Following Their Lead

Common Myths, Misconceptions about Pet Loss

Coping with The Trauma of An Unexpected Death

Curious Cats Get Killed in Clothes Dryers

Curious Cats Still Getting Killed in Clothes Dryers

Deciding on After-Death Care for a Cherished Pet

Deciding When to Bury The Body

Do Pets Go To Heaven?

Euthanizing An Aggressive Dog 

Explaining Pet Loss to Children: Some Do's and Don'ts

Finding Support for Pet Loss

Funerals for Pets?

Grief In The Wake of a Dog's Wrongful Death

Guilt In the Wake of A Kitten’s Accidental Death

Guilt In The Wake of A Euthanasia Decision

Helping a Child with Pet Loss

Helping A Friend with Unresolved Grief

Helping Another with Pet Loss

Helping Children Cope with a Pet's Euthanasia

Helping Elderly Parents with Pet Loss

Helping Seniors with Pet Loss

Helping Young Children with Pet Loss

In Grief: Preparing for the Loss of A Pet

Is Pet Loss Comparable to Loss of a Loved One?

Keeping the Secret of a Cremation Mistake

Loss and The Burden of Guilt

Loving a Pet Too Much: When Bonding May Be Unhealthy

Memorializing Pets We Have Lost

Memorializing a Cherished Pet

National Pet Memorial Day

Offering Support: What to Say (or Not) to a Grieving Animal Lover

Pet Euthanasia Gone Bad

Pet Euthanasia: When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

Pet Loss: A Disenfranchised Grief

Pet Loss: A Letter of Thanks

Pet Loss: Amazed At How We Are Grieving

Pet Loss and Animal Communication: Suggested Resources

Pet Loss: Can I Euthanize My Dog On My Own?

Pet Loss: Cannot Stop Crying

Pet Loss: Death of A Service Dog

Pet Loss: Delayed Grief

Pet Loss: Why Does It Hurt So Much?

Pet Loss: Why Surrender An Animal to A Shelter?

Providing for Pet Care In Your Absence 

Remembering Two Precious Souls

Replacing a Pet Who Has Died: When Is It Time?

Saying Goodbye to Beringer

Sharing The Sad News with Grandchildren

Supporting Your Grieving Pet

The Pain of Relinquishment

Using Children’s Books to Help with Grief

Using Story to Explain Pet Loss to Children 

Voices of Experience: 7 Things Chipper Taught Me About Life and Business

When A Pet Goes Missing 

When A “Pocket Pet” Dies

Widow Considers Adopting A Second Dog