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.

Cute Puppy

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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Comments

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  1. Hi Vicky , I am glad you are slowly moving forward on this long painful road , I am on that very same path and it’s a struggle .
    The loss is so final and my heart skips a beat every time I think about it , sadness and tears are still very much part of my day and especially at night . I am sure we are going to make it through this dark time and hopefully a little stronger and wiser . Take care Vicky . Hugs Mary.

    • I am so sorry for not replying…two things
      Not sure what I said where..
      Secondly….I lost my soon to be 21 yr old last week
      I am devasated,
      . Trying to move through this world daily

      • Hi Vicky , don’t worry about replying ,we are all so busy in addition to the grief (and all that goes with it ) we are carrying around with us all the time .
        I am so sorry for your loss ,my heart goes out to you and I hope and wish for you to be strong and take comfort with the fact that he/she lived a very long life (never long enough of course) and that’s because you are good mom and took excellent care .
        It’s been 3 months since my beautiful boy Freddy passed away and i still cry every day and miss him terribly, no words really help , only time can heal the pain.
        Take care , I will be thinking of you .

  2. I had to euthanize my 17 yr. Old toy poodle on April 6, 2017. He was my dad’s dog but I got him when dad passed in 2010. With the grieving there is deep feeling of guilt. I am always finding something to blame myself for (ie. I should have done this, I should have done that, why wasn’t I more attentive, etc). Coco was very spoiled by dad when I got him. I could not give Coco the same TLC as dad asince he was always home and my lifestyle wass a little more active. I loved the little dog but feel I let Coco down. He always showed me unconditional love and I am grieving a lot. Wish I could hold him once more.
    My husband says I am too hard on myself

    • Your message stopped me because I had to put down my Girl just this April too.(April 24) It will be one month on This Monday. I still can’t help crying at everything. Everything absolutely everything reminds me of her. She had bladder cancer, and towards the end she went in continent, so my work with her was round the clock . I was overtired and sometimes I was impatient, and I’m sure she could sense something was wrong, but she was happy and wanted to continue living so I tried my very hardest to help her. I feel like you a lot of grief and guilt, because I do to feel I let her down in then I got somewhat impatient at times. I was so overworked, and sleep depeived. Anyway I’m sorry for your loss, guilt is a part of grief. Grief runs very deep, I have experience this a couple of times now in the last three years. This is the very very very hardest part of owning a dog. I wish so badly I could hold my dog again. She fell asleep in my arms when the vet was here to euthanize her. But I can’t get over the guilt part. I can’t forgive myself but I think I have to remember just as you should remember that the guilt is a part of grief. I wish you love and blessings, and I know that you, just like me most likely did the best that we could have and were capable of

      • Thank you Diane for your encourement and consolation. I too am sorry for your loss. I pray God’s comfort and strength as you go through the grieving process. At the time I posted my comment I did not realize I was responsible for Coco’s demise. After he was euthanized I realized I made a medication error. I accidentally gave Coco the cat’s pill. The meds look similar and I had forgotten the cat even had medicstion. I hsve seen my pastor for counselling to help me forgive myself. This was devastating for me. When Coco stopped eating and drinking and got weaker I thought it was old age as he was 17. He never wimpered or showed pain but I think he suffered and I did not know. This too breaks my heart. Thanks for sharing your grief and story. Blessings to you.

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