Pet Loss

griefOur best friend, our family member, our beloved pet– how do we say goodbye?

They have been through it all with us: breakups, heartaches, the good and the bad. They loved us unconditionally and kept our deepest secrets.

Now where do we turn for that source of comfort and love?

Losing our pet, and the ability to find a way to say goodbye, may be one of the most difficult times of our lives. Some people may not understand your grief; and even you yourself may not quite understand the stages of what you are feeling.

Just know that you are not alone. There are many different resources to receive support for the grief you are feeling.

Although grieving is handled differently by each person, here are the general stages you may go through:

  • Shock, Denial, and Disbelief
  • Anger
  • Spiritual Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance and Recovery

For more information about this, please read our Articles Section.

We also work with local therapists and Hospice groups, who can provide assistance to you during this hard time. You may contact:

1. Elizabeth B. Hasel, Ph.D.
805-423-7546

2. There is also a Pet Loss Support Group which meets at the San Luis Obispo Hospice on the Monday.
http://www.hospiceslo.org/services/support-groups

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.,
1432 Higiera St
San Luis Obispo, CA
Phone: (805) 544-2266

A POEM FOR THE GRIEVING…

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die…

-Anonymous-

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE – Click here for printable version

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills, and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed
are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special
person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches! The ears perk up!
The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once
more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together,
never again to be separated.

-Author Unknown

Please understand that here at Eden Memorial Pet Care, we understand your grief, and how much the loss of a pet means, and we are here for you if you need us.