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 their 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. I lost my dog this past Saturday, the day after my 31st birthday. She was MY life my best friend my child. I miss her so much. My heart is in a million pieces and the tears and pain feel endless. Maybe because it just happened and I’ve never dealt with a loss like this. Is the anxious/afriad feeling normal?

    • It is completely natural to feel this hopeless right now. The sadness will come in gut wrenching waves. It’s normal and okay to feel this way. People who love our animals the way we do experience these losses so deeply. We have to be thankful for the amazing time we did share together and how lucky your fur baby was to have had such a loving and caring life partner. Hopefully one day you will be able to open your heart and home to a new life. Never to replace, just to give them a chance at your love also. I lost my 22 year old cat today and my heart is broken. She has been with me through thick and thin. I’ll never replace her, but I know she will want me to share my love and care again. This gives us hope. Hold on to that hope. Also, I know I have a little guardian angel now who will show up throughout my life just to check in. Yours will too. *hug*

      • I’m so very sorry about your sweet kitty. The pain is getting easier to manage. I didn’t think I would ever be okay and it’s only been about a week. I still cry but not as much as I have been focusing on the 12 years we had together. I know when I’m ready I will open my heart and home to another dog, I know Jade would want me to give them a second chance at life, when I think about it I feel guilty. I think that’s normal though. We will get through this, I promise you that. I was and still am having some anxiety mostly about the future. I’m just afraid of something happening to my family or my cats or husband. I started taking st John’s wort supplements, maybe give it a try it might help. I’m not sure where you are but most humane societies offer a pet loss support group. I’m always here to talk if you need it. *hugs*

  2. I am 3 hours away from having to take my beloved cat Bob to the vet to be put down. Bob has been with us for 19 years. Words are failing me right now as to the depth of feeling I have for him. A part of me is going to die with him, I’m sure. If I could do anything to save him, I would. In time the pain and grief will ease, but right now my heart is just aching. Please send good vibes to us.

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