Grieving the Loss of a Beloved Pet


We’ve all heard these various animal quotes:
“A Dog is a Man’s best friend,”
“Outside of a book, a dog is Man’s best friend.”
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

These are humorous quotes and when you take a look at your beloved pet, you can truly see why these quotes were created.  Animals can truly become a best friend and a huge part of one’s family.

The love and bond shared between a family and their pet, is truly unbreakable. A pet is truly a member of the family and often times pets accompany their families on vacations, to the pet stores as well as their daily walks in the neighborhood & parks.  A pet can detect when someone is ill and have often detected when a person was having a seizure.  Dogs have been known to assist the blind, bring joy and happiness to the elderly, sniff out cancer, illegal drugs as well as assist in finding missing people or recovering the bodies of individuals who have been murdered.

Animals are a huge asset to society and love their human families as much as they are loved by their human families;  But what happens when that beloved pet becomes ill or passes away suddenly?  The trauma of the loss of a beloved pet can be as devastating as the loss of a human family member. The passing of a pet can bring out emotions one never knew existed and the loss can send that pet owner or pet family into a journey of grief and mourning.  The pain is real and for anyone to say that it was just a dog or just an animal, can be very insensitive to the grieving pet owner.

If children are involved, it is best to sit down with them and break the news of their beloved pet gently and allow them to be a part of the going home ceremony depending on their age.

These days there are pet cemetery’s, headstones and grave markers for pets.  Many may find themselves needing to reach out to support groups and/or therapist to help with their healing process. Going out and buying or adopting another pet right away,  may just be what some families or individuals need to help with their healing process, but for others, they may feel it’s too early and require more time to heal.

One thing is for sure, pets are amazing,  loving and faithful!