The Loss of Beloved Pets

The Loss of a Pet

Losing a pet is sorrowful and tragic. Pets eventually get old or become terminally ill. Most people see their pets as family members. A pet is your best friend, and will never judge you. It is sad when a beloved pet cat or dog dies, and you feel the loss and don't know what to do. Its okay to grieve for the loss of the pet. Its okay to grieve openly and to express your feelings and memories about the pet that has just died or had to be euthanized. Its, also, okay to talk about your pet to friends and family, who knew the pet. There are support groups that are available online to help you cope with the loss of your pet. There are pet bereavement counseling services and support hot lines that help with the grief of the loss of a beloved pet. Its normal to feel the loss of a pet. Its not easy to lose a beloved pet, such as a cat, dog, hamster, or any other pet animal that you loved.


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An Example of a Pet Death Certificate
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Pet Loss and Grieving

The loss of a pet can be just as devastating as the loss of a family member, and the pet owner may go through the five stages of grief that people go through with the death of a family member. The five stages of grief are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. Some people may grieve for a short time, while other people may grieve for years.

Here are some ways to help with the loss of a pet: Remember that its okay to grieve for the loss of your pet, and its, also, okay to grieve openly, write about your pet, talk to friends and family about your pet, hold a memorial service with friends and family, have your pet cremated or buried in a pet cemetery that is close enough so that you can visit your pet's grave. There are some people, who choose to have their beloved pet stuffed by a taxidermist, but that might not be what a lot of people would want. There are always support groups that can be found online, so that you can talk and share about your pet with others, who've gone through the same thing that you are going through.

I have read on the Internet that there is a growing field of hospices that are designed for pets, much like the hospices for people with terminal illnesses. The hospice for pets does in-home care for ill animals and is administered by a hospice vet in conjunction with the pet's veterinarian. The pet's life may be made more comfortable, the pet's life may be extended for awhile, so that it can stay at home and its owners can have a chance to say good-bye.

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Four Cats

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Pinky lived to be 19 years oldBaby My cat Bessie 10 years oldSasha is 5 years old
Pinky lived to be 19 years old
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My cat Bessie 10 years old
My cat Bessie 10 years old
Sasha is 5 years old
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Pinky

I had a white cat named Pinky. Pinky lived to be 19 years old. I am glad that he (Pinky) did live as long as he did. At the end his life his back went out on him. He tried to jump up to the kitchen counter and fell back down one day. I knew, then, that he was dying. I was supposed to work one day, but I wanted to stay home with Pinky, because I knew that if I went to work, Pinky would be dead, before I got home. Pinky died that day around 3:08 in the afternoon. I didn't want Pinky to die alone, so I made sure that I stayed home and spent his last remaining moments of life with him. I never forgot Pinky, and I will always miss him.

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Gail, you have written two very helpful hubs and they happen to be about my very favorite subject...cats! You'll be surprised to learn that I, too, lost a very beloved white cat....named Pinky. I was, as a matter of fact, just now looking over older pictures of Pinky I have saved on my pocket hard drive. Amazing coincidence! You have offered some very loving and kind suggestions to those of us who experience the loss of our companion animals..and how best to treat a sick and dieing cat. thank you so much for your wise and kind words. Up Awesome Beautiful and Useful. Kathy


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gail641 5 years ago from Mason City Author

Thanks Kathy,

When Pinky died I felt real lost! I didn't know what to do. Later I did adopt a gray and orange colored kitten from an animal hospital where I live. Her name is Bessie. She is a real nice cat. She was born in May 2002. She is doing okay. Pinky was a male cat and he was a real nice cat, as well. I'll never forget Pinky ever.


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feenix 5 years ago

Hello, gail641,

I have had little feline partners in my life ever since I was about five years old. In fact, more than 100 of them and, of course, they always died or had had to be "put down." And each time one of those little critters passed away from this realm, it took a huge toll on me.


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gail641 5 years ago from Mason City Author

It's hard to lose pets.


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DearBandit 4 years ago

Nice hub. And everything that you wrote is very helpful.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi Gail. My "notices" just indicated that someone Dear Bandit had commented on this hub so I revisited and, boy, what a beautiful hub this is. Your selection of the Cats selection about Grisabella is perfect...you know, I've seen the play 6 times and I always cry during this song. We've known so many "Grisabellas" in our lives..I know how it feels to lose a beloved companion...so, I just wanted to say hello and to let you know that your compassion is invaluable..priceless and very much appreciated. Your frined, Kathy


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Thank you, Dear Bandit. I'm glad that the hub was helpful.


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Thank you, Lucky Cats. I think that the song from Cats is really beautiful. It is hard to lose a beloved companion, and you feel lost and can't get the beloved one back ever. Your compassion is invaluable..priceless and very much appreciated, too. My cat Pinky has been gone for over 10 years, and I still miss him.


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Your welcome, and thanks. I'm glad that it was helpful.


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

My family always had cats when I was growing up. It is hard to lose pets cats. When they're gone you can't get them back. I've never used the reply button before-I didn't notice it. I've been writing replies in the comment section.

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