When we suffer a loss of a human close to us, it's natural for us to feel sorrow, grief, & loneliness. Oftentimes, we expect friends & family to provide understanding & comfort to us during such a difficult time.
Unfortunately, when it comes to losing our pets, we don't always receive the same respect, understanding, & comfort that we would expect.
We LOVE our pets & without a doubt, they are members of our family. We celebrate their birthdays or 'gotcha' days, we confide in them, we carry pictures of them in our wallets--our pets provide us companionship, acceptance, emotional support, & unconditional love during the time they share with us. When the heart-wrenching time comes to say goodbye, we often feel overwhelmed by the intensity of our sorrow. Those that understand & accept the incredible bond between people & their pets are invaluable in our lives.
When faced with the loss of your pet, please know that not only is it acceptable to grieve the loss of your beloved family member, it is valid, it is normal to feel sadness, & it is important to take time to acknowledge & address your feelings.
Understanding the ways in which you personally grieve & finding ways to cope with loss that work for you, can help to bring you closer to the day when memories can bring smiles instead of tears.
We encourage you to use the resources in the links below to assist you in this time of need.
Please know that you are not alone during this grieving process.
|Online Resources:||Resources By Phone:|
|American Veterinary Medical Association|
(Coping With Pet-loss)
|(877) 474-3310 -- ASPCA Pet-loss Hotline|
|Pet-loss Support Groups|
|(517) 432-2696 -- MSU Pet-loss Support Hotline|
|ASPCA--End of Life Care||(734) 203-0183 -- Pet Bereavement Counselor|
|Grief Support Guides||(855) 352-5683 -- Pet Loss & Bereavement Resource Line|
|Online Chat Room|
(Pet-loss & Bereavement)