Families grieve deeply when a pet dies. It is important that you and your family accept the need to grieve. You will probably experience a variety of emotions: confusion, disorganization, sadness, or guilt. These feelings are natural reactions to your recent loss, and you should not suppress them. It helps to talk about and embrace the memories of your pet. It is also important to remember that everyone experiences grief differently. Be sure to respect each person's need to grieve in his or her own way.
The loss of a pet is often a child's first experience with death. Children rely on adults to see how to openly express their feelings. An adult's response during this time can determine whether a child's first exposure to death will be a positive or negative part of personal development.
Dealing with the loss of a beloved pet can be devastating. You are not alone in your grief. Finding support and reaching out to help you understand the loss you are experiencing can go a long way to help you during this challenging time. We have provided some helpful resources and grief support links below.