Hospice care, palliative care, end-of-life care – no matter how the phrase is turned, it rings with finality. For pet owners, the terminal diagnosis of a pet is fraught with conflicting emotions, confusing information, and confounding decisions that often are made within the walls of a veterinary clinic or hospital.
The pain of saying goodbye to our pets is heartbreaking and although no amount of preparation will eliminate that pain, there are some considerations that may help you feel more in control of the situation.
The death of a family pet is an important time for adults to help children express grief in emotionally healthy ways, free of shame or embarrassment.
Strong emotions of shock, disbelief, sadness, fear, anger, guilt, and helplessness are normal responses to the realization that your special friend is ill.
You know your pet the best, and are the expert regarding the quality of its life.
When your pet is no longer with you, either from death or other circumstances, you grieve just as you would any other significant loss in your life.
Historically, wild animals have been known to express grief by letting out a yelp, wandering aimlessly, and eventually reorganizing their pack.
Here are some suggestions to help you work through guilt and let it go.
The emotional and communication support for clients who are caring for an ill animal is invaluable to those on the receiving end.