Home End of Life issues Grieving the Loss of a Pet

Grieving the Loss of a Pet

cat hiding on the leaves

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

Anatole France, French poet, journalist and writer

Grieving the Loss of a Pet


There is an intense bond between a human and their pet. Our pets love us unconditionally. So, it is natural to feel grief and intense pain when our loving pets cross over the rainbow bridge.

People that do not have pets, do not understand the grief and sadness one may feel over the loss of a pet. For many, our pets become our family. To outsiders, the grief and sadness we feel over the loss of a pet, is something many do not understand. After all, “it is ONLY a pet”.

Do not feel guilty or ashamed of your grief and sadness. It is not unusual to feel significant loss when a member of the family dies. The sense of loss of a pet is no different.

Everyone grieves differently. You may have many different feelings that you need to express. It is important to understand that you should deal with your grief to heal.

Please feel free to share here without free of judgment. Tell us about your loving pet, share a picture of them with us.

Begin your healing by sharing here with others that have also lost their pet. You will find comfort and support with others having similar experiences.


Ready to start sharing …

Join our Grief Recovery Room Support Group so that you can start sharing today. As you post, please return to see what others have responded to your post.

Do not miss our After Life- Grief Recovery Program… a unique and comprehensive course … with meditation to help you to a successful resolution on your grief journey

I feel about my dogs now, and all the dogs I had prior to this, the way I feel about children — they are that important to me. When I have lost a dog, I have gone into a mourning period that lasted for months.

Mary Tyler Moore, American actress

Comment with Image

  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, gif.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.