Grieving Loss of a Pet: It’s Okay to Cry

grieving loss of a pet

I recently lost my dog and am dealing with the feeling of loss. It is incredibly hard missing the love and affection of a pet who has recently passed away.

When grieving loss of a pet, realize it does take time to recover. It is helpful to talk to an understanding friend about all of the adorable things your pet did.

Why We Miss Our Pets

Grieving loss of a pet is different for everyone, offers these thoughts to get you through this rough patch.

Dealing with the pain of losing your pet can be one of the most difficult things you will ever face. Our pet companions are such an integral part of our lives. We love them for their loyalty and affection.

It’s easy to admire them for their playful spirit and adventurous nature. That is why it hurts to the core when your pet dies.  There is definitely a void there, and the loss is not to be taken lightly.

There Will Be Those That Don’t Understand

While those who are not blessed to have a great relationship with a pet  may dismiss the death of one with a remark such as, “Well, it was just a cat (or dog.)”  No, it’s not just a cat or dog.  Grieving loss of a pet is real….and ok. You are not being too dramatic, too sentimental or even silly. Your feelings are honest, raw and real.

Beginning The Healing Process

Let yourself express your sadness in ways that help you to heal. Don’t be afraid to cry openly and talk about the love you had for your pet and how much you miss him or her.

It helps to surround yourself with those who understand your pain and grief. Having someone by your side who can appreciate and understand your loss will help you to heal and recover.

Honoring your pet’s memory can do much to help get through the grieving process. This keeps your pet’s memory alive and can help other pet’s in need.

There Is Help Available

You might feel that no one else understands the depth of your pain and grief, but please take comfort in the fact that you have so many resources readily available to you.

Crisis line workers, counselors, psychologists and health professionals realize how the pain and grief associated with the loss of a pet can affect you.


Here is a list of resources available for those grieving the loss of a pet:


There are times when I feel as if I will never find another dog like the one I just lost. But, then again, I don’t think I want to. I want to remember my little guy as who he was….and he was undoubtedly the best dog I have ever had, and I cherish all of the memories made with him.






Written by Ann Butenas

Ann Butenas

An internationally-recognized author and writer, Ann began her professional writing career at age 12 and began speaking while in college. She has been published thousands of times over the past three decades in all media forms, was former editor and publisher of KC Metro Woman magazine, and has also hosted three talk radio shows in the Kansas City area.