One aspect of owning a companion animal and a part that many people choose not to discuss is the loss of a pet. Losing your best friend — the one who gave you cuddles, played with you, and made you laugh even when you felt down — can be a devastating experience. However, it’s important to grieve this loss and work through the emotions.
People grieve the loss of a beloved pet in many different ways. Most experience the seven stages of grief: shock, denial, bargaining, anger, guilt, sorrow and acceptance. The amount of time spent in each stage may vary greatly for different people. We hope these resources will help in your grieving process.