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Losing a pet

Losing a pet is a big deal: they were a massive part of your life, you had a connection with them that is hard to put in words. When you lose a pet, allow yourself to grieve properly. You have lost so much, and you should acknowledge and accept that. Here is something you can do cope with the loss:

Don’t be ashamed of your emotions. Losing a pet is hard. If you feel emotional about it, that’s normal. Don’t let anyone make you feel silly because it was “just a pet”. The bond you had with your pet was special, and that’s all that matters. More importantly, don’t tell yourself you’re being silly or weak if you feel upset. Don’t fight your feelings, just let them be.

Give yourself time. It can take a while to get over the loss. It is different for everyone. Don’t let anyone make you feel rushed or hurried to get over it. Take the time you need to feel okay. There is no normal amount of time it takes to feel normal again. Remember that.

Take care of yourself. It’s important - especially now - do things that make you feel good. You don’t have to feel happy but make yourself feel comfortable and cared for. It can be something as simple as reading a good book. Whatever it is, just make sure you create time for it.

Get support. Reach out to some you can trust. It could be a friend, family, or a therapist. If you feel comfortable, tell them what you are going through. This is a hard time, and it will only be harder if you try to deal with it alone. There is no shame in getting support - it takes courage to share what you are facing.

Things will get better

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert
Tear Soup, a recipe for healing after loss, centers around an old and somewhat wise woman, Grandy.

A Grieving Teen by Helen Fitzgerald
This book helps adolescents struggling with loss and gives teens the tools they need to work through their pain and grief. ​

Life Is Tough (But So Are You) by Briony Benjamin
Sharing wise guidance on how to navigate difficult times, this is a funny, warm and practical guide to help you gain perspective on what's truly important in life


All Dogs go to Heaven
Charlie finds himself in heaven. He then returns to Earth, reunites with Itchy, and befriends Anne-Marie, an orphan.

Not about pets. But a cute feel good movie. After a terrible blind date, Jim and Lauren find themselves stranded at a resort together with their respective children. However, the two soon start developing feelings for each other.

Inside Out
Eleven-year-old Riley moves to San Francisco, leaving behind her life in Minnesota. She and her five core emotions, Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness, struggle to cope with her new life.


This playlist will make things a little bit better, even just for a moment.


Grief Out Loud
Grief Out Loud is opening up this often avoided conversation because grief is hard enough without having to go through it alone.

What's Your Grief Podcast
This podcast seeks to leave no stone unturned in demystifying the complicated and sometimes crazy experience of living life after loss.

The Grief Coach
Brooke has created a space she needed but could not find—one that respects profound loss and the practicality of needing to make decisions in heartbreak.

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