Grieving for a Pet

Poems, quotes, and support forums for those grieving the death of a beloved pet.

Grieving the Loss of a Pet During the Pandemic: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 7/29/20

by Anne Galt Saying goodbye to a beloved animal companion is hard at the best of times. But now, with so much isolation and uncertainty, the loss of that familiar comforting presence can seem unbearable. How can you cope when so much of normal life is already turned upside down? Much of the country is …

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“In the Absence”: grieving for a beloved pet. AfterTalk Weekly 4.30.20

In the Absence by Annalee Van Kleeck This new song, is called “In the Absence” and was inspired by the recent loss of my beloved cat, Gadget, who had beaten cancer once through holistic therapies.  We managed to keep it at bay for three years, but it came back with a vengeance last Fall. I …

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Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

by Frank T. McAndrew, Knox College Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of …

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Grieving Process and Pets: a different kind of Loss?

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.  Robert Brault As one who for many years has supported bereaved animal lovers as well as people mourning the loss of human loved ones, I’m often asked how losing a pet might differ from losing …

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