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Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly

Coping with Losing a Pet


Many of us share an intense love and bond with our animal companions. For us, a pet is not “just a dog” or “just a cat,” but rather a beloved member of our family, bringing companionship, fun, and joy to our lives. A pet can add structure to your day, keep you active and social, help you to overcome setbacks and challenges in life, and even provide a sense of meaning or purpose. So, when a cherished pet dies, it’s normal to feel racked by grief and loss.

While experiencing loss is an inevitable part of owning a pet, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain, come to terms with your grief, and when the time is right, perhaps even open your heart to another animal companion. International ( ) provides an excellent review article about coping with losing a pet, as well as an article providing guidance for helping someone who is grieving.

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The review articles are however broadly applicable internationally, and will provide all users with valuable insights and perspectives.

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1. Coping With Losing a Pet

It’s natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness when a beloved dog, cat, or other pet dies. These tips can help you cope with the pain of pet loss.

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Helping Someone Who is Grieving

Is someone you know grieving a loss? Learn what to say and how to comfort someone through bereavement, grief, and loss.

Thorny Issues

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