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Grieving for a loved pet is a natural, normal and personal process. The manner and intensity of reactions to this loss will be different for each person. Reactions will depend on the circumstances surrounding the death, depth of attachment to the pet, personal experiences with grief and state of mind when death occurs.

There are many ways to grieve for a pet as there are pet owners. However, there are a few universal feelings that most of us experience during the grieving process:

-Shock and denial
-Anger and guilt
-Sorrow and depression

At Affordable Care we honor the human–animal bond and understand that in our society, each of us is expected to minimize our sorrow for our deceased pet. However, our feelings linger, long after the loss, because our pets shared our lives, our dreams, our homes and our affection. Because they touched our lives so deeply, they are deserving of our grief. For this reason, our hospital offers various ways you can memorialize your loved one including cremation and clay paws. We also offer in-home euthanasia.

Recognizing the need for pet owners to talk, reminisce, and share stories about their lost pets, Affordable Care recommends resources to assist you through the grieving process.

“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

Bereavement Resources

Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss.

Coping with Pet Loss: Grieving the Death of a Dog or Cat and Moving On.

Coping with the Death of Your Pet. (The Humane Society of the United States)

Pet Loss Counseling and Support Groups

Rainbow Bridge Pet Loss Grief Support Center.

Los Angeles Pet Loss Support Groups.

Further Reading

Books by Gary Kurz
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates
Wagging Tails in Heaven
Furry Friends Forevermore

Children also need special consideration when a beloved pet dies. Many times, this is their first experience with feelings of loss, grief and bereavement. When a child experiences the death of a beloved pet, he or she may encounter emotional reactions that can be painful and frightening. Helping children understand their feelings at this confusing time is crucial, since this first experience with death sets the tone for handling future losses.

ACAH LB Hours:

  • Monday8:00AM-7:00PM
  • Tuesday8:00AM-7:00PM
  • Wednesday8:00AM-7:00PM
  • Thursday8:00AM-7:00PM
  • Friday8:00AM-7:00PM
  • Saturday9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Sunday10:00AM-5:00PM

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