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. My dog was just seven and I had no idea she was going to die two days ago. This is my third night trying to go to sleep in a quiet home. I will never see, hear or feel her lick my hand again and I feel very sad. Two days ago I went for a walk with her to get a coffee at Tim Horton’s and upon return home she started having seizures and they didn’t stop. I carried her still seizing body to the vet’s office but she didn’t respond to medicine and was almost certainly going to die so I authorized the vet to euthanize her to end her suffering. When I came back home from the vet’s office my coffee wasn’t cold but my life companion was dead. Six happy years we had together since I adopted her from the animal shelter. She was my first and only pet.

  2. I lost my baby cat of 17 yrs yesterday. She seemed fine when she visited the Vet on Saturday June 24th and blood work was good but she had been off her food a bit. We broyght her home made an appt for June 30th for Dental and yesterday am she just started to drip bloody urine and was so weak etc .The vet was totally surprised but on looking at her he said it was time. So we let her go but the tears are not stopping. She was all the world to us and we really miss her , Not sure how to deal with this

    • My wife and I had to put down our cat of 15 years. Lacey also meant the world to us and we to are having a hard time coping. We put together a picture collage and it made us feel a bit better. Every day is a like easier but it’s only been a few days for us. I still look for her in the window when I get home and look for her in the house.

      • Sorry about your loss. We are also going through the same heart break as it is just 3 days. Very very tough. I have been sharing her photos etc also and venting .Princess was number 1 in our house an we loved her and treated her like the baby she was.
        We also find ourselves looking for her every where and talking to her as if sh is still here . We were lucky to have her for 17 yrs and we did make the right decision but still we really really want her back. We put out her litter box and mats and scoops for the garbage collection and a lady came by and took them out of the garbage so I guess Princess is going to keep on giving. I have kept one bed, one blanket , i food bowl, one water bowl and 4 of her favorite toys.It is very difficult and we are trying to cope by thinking of all the funny things she did that made us laugh. As a Fur mummy I am heart broken and I m sure you feel the same.The tear just keep coming Please feel free to contact me if you need to vent. I find talking about her helps. Once gain sorry for your los

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