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  Tips on Coping with Pet Loss - by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.
Anyone who considers a pet a beloved friend, companion, or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. Following are some tips on coping with that grief, and with the difficult decisions one faces upon the loss of a pet.

Intense grief over the loss of a pet is normal and natural. Don't let anyone tell you that it's silly, crazy, or overly sentimental to grieve!
During the years you spent with your pet (even if they were few), it became a significant and constant part of your life. It was a source of comfort and companionship, of unconditional love and acceptance, of fun and joy. So don't be surprised if you feel devastated by the loss of such a relationship.

People who don't understand the pet/owner bond may not understand your pain. All that matters, however, is how you feel. Don't let others dictate your feelings: They are valid, and may be extremely painful. But remember, you are not alone: Thousands of pet owners have gone through the same feelings.

Copyright © 2011 by Moira Anderson Allen

ASSOCIATIONS:

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, Inc.
DESCRIPTION: Non-profit organization dedicated to helping people grieve the loss of their pet.
WEBSITE: www.APLB.org

The American Veterinary Medical Association
DESCRIPTION: Information related to making the decision for euthanasia.
WEBSITE:
www.AVMA.org
WEB SITES/BLOGS:

Pets Everlasting
DESCRIPTION: A pet loss community where you can always find an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on.
WEBSITE: www.PetsEverlasting.com

Pet Loss Support Page
WEBSITE: www.Pet-Loss.net

Animals In Our Hearts
DESCRIPTION: To help bring comfort and healing to humans grieving the loss of their animal loved ones.
WEBSITE: www.AnimalsInOurHearts.com

Grief Healing
DESCRIPTION: Offers you the information, comfort and support for anticipating or coping with a significant loss in your life.
WEBSITE: www.GriefHealing.com
BOOKS:

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, Inc.
DESCRIPTION: A pet loss community where you can always find an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on.
WEBSITE: www.APLB.org/resources/books.html

Books Especially for Children
TITLE: "When a Pet Dies"

TITLE: "Cat Heaven"

TITLE:
"Remembering My Pet"