We at Veterinary Specialty Center understand that companion animals can be more than just “pets”. They can be companions, children, friends, and siblings. Losing a pet can be as devastating as losing a human family member. In some ways, pet loss can be more crippling. Unlike when a human friend or family member dies, society does not expect that we need time to grieve. Not everyone understands the strength of the human-animal bond, so you may hear comments such as “just get another cat”, or “he lived a good long life”. Most of the time, these comments are made with kind but misguided intentions. You are the only one who truly knows how much your pet meant to you, but try to remember that you are not alone in your need to grieve for a pet. The grieving process may leave you confused and unsure how to proceed.
We feel strongly in caring for both pets and people. We have a no-cost grief support group that meets monthly with a professional grief counselor to help our clients deal with their feelings of grief. If you would like more information, please call Becky, our Director of Support Services at (847) 459-7535 x 1555 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click below for a printable workbook which includes information to help you navigate some of the feelings and questions you may encounter along the way, as well as some questions for you to answer. You may find enough comfort in the support of your friends and family or you may want to seek support elsewhere. Whatever your needs, do not feel embarrassed or ashamed in seeking them. The book includes sections on deciding when or if to euthanize, helping children with their grief, healing yourself, when to seek professional help, and more. There is also a resource section in the back of the book which can help guide you to an appropriate source of information or support.