Saying Goodbye to Our Pets

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France

One of our community members sent a suggestion to the When You Die Team to post a few helpful resources to help people who are grieving a pet who died. We would like to feature his recommendations here for you. Thanks Justin Black! If you have thoughts, recommendations or ideas for what we could feature next, give us a shout.

Coping with the Death of a Pet – Understanding Pet Loss Grief

Photo courtesy of Kelley E. Edwards

They are our close companions and beloved members of our family and they leave a big space in our hearts when they’re gone. To those who love their pets, losing them can be devastating.

Pet Memorials at Home: A Guide to Logistics and Legalities for Memorializing Your Pets

Often when a pet dies, we bury them at home, on our property or backyard. But you may be surprised to know that this is not possible everywhere.  Are there restrictions in your area? What rules apply to burying your pet?

9 Loving Ideas to Honor a Beloved Pet That Has Passed Away

Photo courtesy of Kelley E. Edwards

There is a saying that goes, “To love a pet is to buy sorrow”. While that can be true,  time spent with our furry friends is precious and we wouldn’t trade it for the world. It is a sad fact of life that our pets don’t live as long as we do, but after their death we can honor what they meant to us in life.

Helping a Child Cope—the Death of a Pet

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For many of us, our first experience with death comes when we lose a pet. Helping a child deal with this loss is also helping them deal with those deaths that occur in the course of lifetime.

Pet Grieving: How Pets Mourn the Loss of a Companion

Photo courtesy of Kate Barhtnik

Humans aren’t the only species who mourn the death of a loved one. Our animal friends feel that loss as well.

How Long After the Death of My Dog Should I Wait to Get Another Dog?


After saying goodbye to your animal companion you may want to fill the void by bringing another one into your home. But there are many things to consider before sharing your love and life with another pet.

While it’s impossible to shelter kids from the loss of a pet, you can help them cope with it.

And because a pet’s death might be their first time losing a loved one, the grieving process can help kids learn how to cope with other losses throughout life.

When Laura Horton lost her beloved dog…

When Laura Horton lost her beloved dog, the heartache was difficult to endure. But she turned her pain into something positive, a website to provide canine lovers with a source to cope as well as to learn. 



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