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Does Love Go On With Memories?

by Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC Even after death, the relationship goes on. This is an idea that brings comfort to many. You have your animal companion in your heart, a part of you, and as you go on through life, and think of your friend, the relationship continues to develop. Your perspectives change, your […]

What’s The Best Pet Loss Grief Book?

By Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC There are so many truly wonderful books that have been written to guide the bereaved through the process of grief and mourning for an animal companion. So many, in fact, that although I am deeply committed to helping people through pet grief, I would hesitate to ever write a […]

How Do I Cope With Pet Loss?

The bond between humans and animals has inspired myth, philosophy, and magic across cultures for centuries. It can be surprising how deeply we are affected by the of loss of a pet partner. And as many people know, losing a pet is a distinctly different experience than losing any other relationship, human or otherwise. In […]

Why Am I So Devastated?

by Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC For those who have the privilege and joy to have such a profound bond with an animal friend, the loss of that friend can be devastating. The connection we can have with our companion animals is so deep and multi-stranded.  As I work with people who have had to say good-bye […]

What Do I Tell My Kids?

Five Ways to Support Children When a Pet Dies Your pet’s death may be your children’s first experience with loss and feelings of grief. This experience presents an opportunity for you to teach your children to express grief in emotionally healthy ways, free of shame or embarrassment. Many grief specialists believe that children can learn […]

Is Natural Death Always Peaceful?

It is fortunate if a pet is able to die at home in a painless and peaceful state. This is ideal, and is most predictable when using veterinary supervision that includes proper pain control and home euthanasia services. But not all terminal animals receive needed professional help, nor are they able to pass away peacefully […]