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.

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

Bill of Rights for Grieving Animal Lovers

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

Children and Pet Loss: Following Their Lead

Common Myths, Misconceptions about Pet Loss 


Deciding on After-Death Care for a Cherished Pet

Deciding When to Bury The Body

Do Pets Go To Heaven?

Euthanizing An Aggressive Dog 

Finding Support for Pet Loss

Funerals for Pets?

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 Another with Pet Loss

Helping Children Cope with a Pet's Euthanasia

Helping Seniors with Pet Loss

How Long Before Adopting Another?

Is Pet Loss Comparable to Loss of a Loved One?

Keeping the Secret of a Cremation Mistake

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 and Animal Communication: Suggested Resources

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

Pet Loss: Cat with FIV Euthanized Too Soon ~ Guilt Follows

Pet Loss: Curious Cats Get Killed in Clothes Dryers

Pet Loss: Why Does It Hurt So Much?

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

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