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Pet Loss & Grief

Please click the links at the bottom of the page to read the articles on the following topics.

"Grief and Pet Loss"

  • the stages of grief
  • pet loss and children
  • do pets grieve?
  • healing

"Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss"

  • Am I crazy to hurt so much?
  • What can I expect to feel?
  • What can I do about my feelings?
  • Who can I talk to?
  • When is the right time to euthanize a pet?
  • Should I stay during euthanasia?
  • What do I do next?
  • What should I tell my children?
  • Will my other pets grieve?
  • Should I get a new pet right away?

"Making the Decision" (euthanasia)

  • Saying goodbye to your friend
  • How can I make the decision?
  • How will I know when it's time?
  • What if the animal is healthy?

"The Emotions of Pet Loss"

"Do Pets Go to Heaven?"

  • This is an article that considers the question from a Christian point of view.  Several Biblical references are made.
  • The author suggests several comforting concepts.

National Cancer Support Group for Animals

  • For owners of animals with cancer
  • Call Andrea Spencer for information and support
  • 1-508-285-2525