Coping with Pet Loss: An Introduction

For five years now, the Ralph site has provided a wealth of information and support for pet carers coping with the loss of their loved ones. The site was created as a not-for-profit place where a wide range of resources relating to pet loss support and pet bereavement counselling can be accessed, at a quiet time and place of your choosing.

Click the image to read the Rainbow Bridge Story

Click the image to read the Rainbow Bridge Story

Grief emotions and management

It’s important to understand that there is no ‘right’ or ‘normal’ way to grieve. Every one of our pets has a very special place in our lives, and as unique personalities their loss is very keenly felt. Each of us will react differently, and perhaps unexpectedly, to the passing of a much-loved pet and this can also be affected by a whole host of factors such as the circumstances of your pet’s passing and the emotional impact of other events taking place in your life.

Commonly felt emotions might include:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Confusion
  • Denial
  • Guilt

Whatever your emotions, it’s vital to acknowledge them without embarrassment. Anyone who tells you “it’s just a pet” has clearly never been lucky enough to feel the depth of connection that you have. Suppressing your feelings will almost certainly prolong the grieving and healing process, so find someone you can talk to and share your feelings with them. Don’t be afraid to cry and eat as much chocolate as you need!

Much more information can be found on our main site, The Ralph Site, in particular the short articles: Understanding Loss and Euthanasia and Understanding and Coping with Grief

With very best wishes from Shailen and The Ralph Site team

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