Pet Loss and Grief
by Chance's Spot
Publisher: Chance's Spot
Edition: 1st., 2012
The human animal bond is a very strong one. The love we feel for our pets means that their deaths cause grief, which varies in intensity but is very real. Acknowledging and dealing with that grief is important to allow us to heal and move on.
Grieving often occurs in several stages - usually identified as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, then acceptance. It is helpful not to think of these stages as a definite progression, as they are often jumbled together. In addition, the grieving process becomes less intense over time, but may take a long time to disappear and can be triggered again by events such as another death, or even the acquisition of a new pet, among others.
Grief for pets is often compounded if the decision must be made to euthanize your pet as well. Veterinarians can advise on this matter but ultimately the decision is up to the owner, and the finality and power of this decision can be overwhelming.