My Dog Was Ready To Die—I Couldn't Let Go | Psychology Today


Pets are an important part in the life of a lot of people.  When they die, the grief is just as real as when a beloved human family member dies.  But society doesn’t always sanction this type of grief.  So the person who has lost a pet cannot openly grieve.  They are made to feel like they are overly sensitive, or like something is wrong with them if they need time to grieve.  Unlike when a human family member dies, when a pet dies, it is unlikely that it will be acceptable to call in sick to work, or to take bereavement days.  The person who loses a pet has no formal grieving ritual, there are no funerals or remembrance services held. And if there is a service held, the grievers are looked upon as being “flakey” or “weird”.  

Grief is a normal, human emotion and is the result of a significant loss.  Pets are a significant part of our lives.  This article shows just how significant a role a pet played in this family’s life, and why grief for a pet is a natural, human response.

Interested in a group that deals with pet loss and grief? Contact me at 718-525-2205x6, or email at  I am a mental health counselor and personally understood what it is like to suffer the loss of a pet. 

If you are suffering from feelings of grief, or from any other issues that may result in life (especially from living in NYC!), I also offer individual and couples counseling. Please contact me, Sheila Brown, at 917-525-2205x6.  I will be happy to speak with you, listen and offer effective ways to assist you in living a happier life.  

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