Nothing can prepare you for the death of a pet. They have stood by your side every day through thick and thin, loving you unconditionally until the day they passed away. Their death will undoubtedly leave a hole in your life (and probably on your sofa too!).

No two people grieve the same. Over the next few days, weeks and months, you will go through the various stages of grief at your own pace. Children will deal with the loss in their own way, and it’s important for you to work with them to understand their feelings.

The other animals in your home may also grieve, as they notice the absence of their once constant companion.

Dealing with loss

However grief may affect your life, we’re here to help. Take a look at the below pages to guide you through every step of the grieving journey. Find out how to explain the death of a pet to a child, how to tell if other pets are grieving and when is the right time to get another pet.

Do other pets grieve?

Until you experience the death of a pet, you may have never considered the fact that other pets will grieve. Dogs will miss their best friends, and cats will long for each other. You may even find that animals will grieve for other species.

When is the right time to get another pet?

There is no definitive answer for when to get another pet. Every family is different so only you can know when the time is right. We're here to give you some help and advice on how to know when it’s the right time.

Telling a child about the death of a pet

A pet dying may be a child's first encounter with mortality. The loss of a precious pet can spark many other questions and worries from the smaller members of our families. Read this article to discover how to tell a child their pet has died.

The challenge of grieving for a loved pet

Grieving for a loved pet can be difficult as often people don’t recognise how painful pet loss can be and how much it can impair both our emotional and physical health, particularly for those who have never had a pet themselves.

Is it normal to feel like this after a pet dies?

The loss of a pet can be one of the most challenging times in our lives, and it is quite normal to feel massive emotional stress during this difficult time. 

How to share with your family and children that your pet has passed away

Communicating to your friends and family that your pet has passed away can often be difficult for many reasons, especially explaining this to children. 

Is it normal to feel like this after a pet dies?

The loss of a pet can be one of the most challenging times in our lives, and it is quite normal to feel massive emotional stress during this difficult time. 

Self-care essentials while grieving

Often after losing a beloved friend, we begin to grieve and neglect our personal self-care. It is important to remember that grief is a complex emotion. Loss is a highly personal experience and people grieve in different ways, all of which are normal.

The impact of pet loss during COVID-19 (is it worse?)

It seems COVID-19 is taking so much from us. Our loved ones, our jobs, our schedules and our normalcy. 

How to cope with the loss of a pet during COVID-19

For most of us, life in the pandemic means we are separated from our friends and family.

FAQs

Your questions answered. Our expert team have answered common questions about pet cremations, euthanasia and grief. Find comfort in the fact that you're not alone.

Recommended books for grieving pet owners

Take a look at our recommended reading for when a pet diets, including a book on grief and losing a pet by leading figure in empathy and grief education, Doris Zagdanski. 

Grief factsheets

If you’re in need of some extra support in the days and weeks following your pet’s death, take a look at these handy guides written by leading figure in grief and empathy education and author of When Pets Die: It's Alright to Grieve, Doris Zagdanski.

How to know when it's time to say goodbye

When a beloved family pet becomes ill, you may be considering euthanasia.

Explaining a pet's death to children

Support the smaller members of your family after the loss of a pet. Learn the right thing to say when they're at their lowest point.

Looking after your senior pet

Ways to support your friend in their old age.

Some thoughts to comfort you

For when your pet is no longer by your side.

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Contact us

Patch & Purr offers pet cremations for when your loved one is no longer by your side, but forever in your heart.

We strive to treat your loyal friend with the care and respect they deserve at every step of the way. Call us 24/7 on 1300 112 711 or use the contact form below to speak to a Patch & Purr team member.

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