Grief Counseling

Losing a pet can be extremely upsetting, sometimes even more than you expected. We have such a close bond with our pets, so letting go is never easy and is often filled with pain, sadness, depression, overwhelmed and even anger.  These are normal responses.  Everyone experiences grief in a different way.  There is no right way to grieve and there is no “normal” timeline for when grief is complete.  Our team understands these feelings, as we have all lost beloved pets of our own. Whether your loss is recent or you have been grieving for much longer, we are here to help you through this sad transition. We can also help your children understand and cope with their feelings. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Grieving the loss of a pet is both emotionally, psychologically and physically exhausting experiences.  The only way to heal the pain is to move through it and that takes time. Below are some suggestions to help you cope with your loss:

  • Give yourself permission to grieve.  Express your sadness.  Find outlets to express your grief such as writing about it, crying it out and talking about it with someone who can emphasize with how you are feeling.
  • Understand that it is normal to grieve deeply for your pet.  It is normal when you have sustained a great loss to feel debilitated for a while. Take the time you need to heal.
  • Be kind to yourself. Grief is an emotionally and physically draining experience.  You may have trouble sleeping and may not feel like eating.  You may lack focus at work or be forgetful.  It is normal not to be at your best during this time.
  • Pick a meaningful way to memorialize your pet such as planting a tree, writing a poem, making a scrapbook or donate in your pet’s name.

If you feel your grief is complicated, unmanageable or prolonged, you may want to consult a professional who specializes in grief and loss.


  • Pawsitive Good-Byes Pet Loss Grief Support, Randy Antle, 778-887-PAWS(7297), email [email protected]
  • Grief and Spiritual Counselling, Jan Spilman, 604-929-0609


  • A Time to Grieve – Carol Staudacher
  • Beyond Absence – Edward Searl
  • Cat Cuties – Karen Price
  • Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul – Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
  • Coping with Pet Loss – Bioniche Animal Health Canada Inc
  • Grieving the Death of a Pet – Betty Carmack
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook – John W. James and Russell Friedman
  • The Loss of a Pet – Wallace Sife
  • Missing Maggie – Connie Owens
  • Mutt Mugs – Karen Price
  • Paw Prints in Heaven – James L. McClinton
  • Pet Loss and Human Emotion – Cheri Barton Ross and Jane Baron-Sorensen
  • Until We Meet Again – Asevimoru
  • When a Pet Dies – Fred Rogers
  • When Your Pet Dies – Alan D Wolfelt


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