Pet Loss and Grief
Pet Loss And Grief
Within these few pages I have attempted to create a reference for those who have, or know
someone who has lost a pet. It is not meant as a "manual" on pet loss, as I feel there could be no
such thing. Everyone will experience the loss of their beloved pet differently, and attempting to
create a standard would be unjust.
Each of you will have different feelings at different times with regard to your loss. This is normal.
Shaming or depriving yourself isn't healthy and should be avoided. If you feel as though it's too
difficult for you to get through your grief alone, then by all means find someone who you feel
comfortable talking with. There is a list of resources at the end of this publication if you would like
to speak to someone trained in assisting you with your loss.
Most importantly, try to remember that you are not alone. There are thousands of pet lovers out
there who have gone through the loss of a pet and who understand it. I've lost several of my own
"fur babies" and it never gets any easier. However, I know that it is a part of life and always will
be. I can't stop it, but I can also not let it stop me. This doesn't mean that I will ever forget my
babies, but that I will carry their memory with me for all my days. And, when it's my time and when
I cross the Rainbow Bridge, I'll have a herd of sloppy, wet kisses waiting for me.
Take care of yourself. Hugs.
Gail Heller, Founder