Pet Loss CanadaBereavement Support For People Who Have Lost Their Pet Animal
It is natural to miss a loved one and need to psychologically and emotionally “regroup” as each person experiences their own journey through loss and, perhaps, an ultimate realization that there lives will be forever altered. Pet Loss Canada is a non-profit organization that has been established to assist all those who are experiencing the impending loss or are grieving the death of an animal, including all related issues that arise as consequences.

What Others Are Saying About Pet Loss Canada

  • “Anyone who has suffered a loss should not miss this!”
  • “We are better for the experience”
  • “A safe place to learn about and process our loss.”
  • “We were so thankful to have been a part of these sessions.”
  • “We never would have come to terms with our grief as quickly as we did”
  • a full list of testimonials

The Power of Counselling

Counselling for those who have or are experiencing the great loss of a beloved pet is incredibly rewarding and a true honour. Those who walk the road of grief / mourning are generally able, with family and friend support, to reach a successful conclusion believing that the pain and suffering will eventually subside but will never entirely disappear.  However, there are many others who, for various reasons, become “stuck” at some point in their grief processes and need the assistance of a trained, empathetic counsellor to be able to continue their journey.Budgie Pet Loss Canada

The first requirement in every loss is to realize that our beloved pet has not “passed on”, “gone to sleep” or “has gone away” but, in fact, is dead.  This may sound harsh but there needs to be a realization that the pet will never physically return to us. Hopefully this realitywill be replaced by the wonderful thoughts and memories of the pleasant moments our pet gave to us while being a part of the family.

Pain, sorrow and especially anger can be extremely debilitating.  A woman who, not being able to have children, saw her three dogs as her “children”.  They all died within a relatively short period of time causing even more extreme pain and rage.  The first night of a group course this person sat all night, physically removed from the other members of the group, believing she was alone, Older Dogand, while continuously looking at the pictures of her pets, she cried and wailed uncontrollably.  She expressed considerable anger at the veterinarians who had cared for her dogs for 15 years but, in the end, could not prevent death. As the course continued through weeks 2 and 3 she slowly began to realize that others in the group were also experiencing pain and suffering of their own.  Her crying slowly subsided and by week three after a discussion with her and her family she was able to express some happiness and much less annoyance.  Now, several months later, she sends me pictures of her new animals and also occasional jokes:  her anger has somewhat gone and she has been able to develop a bond with a new pet friend.

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Can anyone ask for more?  To witness the “before” and “after” results of counselling are awe inspiring for all.  Each individual story carries with it the pain and experiences of those involved.  This story represents the reason for counselling in pet loss and the ultimate reward of eventually moving forward with life:  recognizing that the hole in our hearts that was created by the loss will not go away, but that we will be able to accept its presence and allow ourselves to develop a new direction for our lives where other pet friends are welcome and appreciated.

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  1. My beloved friend/soulmate/pet was euthanized one month ago. I have a very difficult time accepting that I chose this. She had been treated in the vet clinic for iv therapy for three days. When I picked her up, she was no longer my baby. I’m not sure what went wrong, if it was a stroke or worsening if her dementia, but she alternated between a comatose state and extreme anxiety where she spun in circles with rapid, difficult respirations. She was continuously incontinent of urine. The worst of it, was that she didn’t seem to realize that she was back at home with me, her mommy. She was 16 years old, and I knew that she would not get better. I chose to have her euthanized when she was gasping for breath. I am heartbroken

  2. I am suffering right now. On wednesday I lost the love of my life, my 6.5 year old Holland Lop bunny, Andrew. Andrew was with me for 2062 days of my life, constant and loving. I dedicated my at-home time to him, and when I met my husband he fell deeply in love with him too. We are both so devastated. Going home his horrible, because of the quiet and emptiness. I am 33 weeks pregnant with our first human child, and all I can think is that I miss my furbaby and would trade anything to have him back. My husband is taking it very hard, he feels he cannot speak about it at work because people don’t understand his grief. He’s scared to hear the ‘it was just a rabbit’ line. Andrew was more than a rabbit. He was our comic relief, our little goof who followed us everywhere and wanted to be cuddled constantly. He was our baby. I am struggling so much right now, and feel like the sun has gone out.

    • I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious Andrew. I know the depth of your grief on day 3. It is unbearable and you think you can’t go through another hour. I lost my precious pom Katie on Aug 16 and I survive minute to minute. I loved her for 12 years and the loneliness I feel is at times unbearable. My husband is on the road so I am alone in my grief. Just cling to your husband as he is going through the same grief as you. Try to think positive thoughts for your baby as you will have a little life to love and protect in 7 weeks. Your sun is going to come back the day you bring your little baby into the world. You think the grief won’t pass but in time it will. Your husband is wise not to share his grief at work because people not understanding will only make his grief worse. You, your husband, your baby and Andrew are in my thoughts. You and your husband were wonderful bunny parents and you are going to be awesome parents to your baby. The world needs more compassionate people like you both to bring precious babies into the world.

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