With the loss of my own dog earlier this month I was reminded of the strong bond we have with our pets. They are not just an animal in the house; they are a member of the family. To grieve the loss of a pet is okay and it is normal to cry and hurt or feel guilt. Do not think about if you made the right decision or if you could have done more. Allow yourself time to heal, remember the wonderful life you gave them.
Keep in mind that your family members may all deal with the loss differently. There are many resources out there to help you and your loved ones grieve- support groups and pet memorials are available online and there are many great children’s books if you have young kids at home.
Pet loss is difficult, not silly or trivial and remember you can always call us if you need a shoulder to cry on.