Much of the advice to help people through their grief is exactly the same as what is offered when a human companion dies. Regardless, grief is probably the most confusing, frustrating and emotional thing that a person can experience. It is even more so for bereaved pet owners, when society in general does not give them “permission” to grieve openly. Consequently, they often feel isolated and alone. It is known as disenfranchised grief. Luckily, more and more resources are becoming available to help the bereaved pet owner realize that they are NOT alone and that what they are feeling is entirely normal.
The following are some links to pet loss related websites:
Pets at Peace - Pet Loss and Memorial Services
Ontario Hotline for Pet Loss Support
Ontario: 519-824-4120 x53694 - Pet Loss Support Hotline, Teaching Hospital, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday - Thursday 6:00 pm -9:00 pm ET. An answering service is available outside regular hotline hours. http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/petloss/
New Beginning Counselling Services,
355 Ridge Road N, Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada, 289-214-1574, email@example.com, http://www.anewbeginningcounselling.com/
As Helen Keller once succinctly put it: “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”