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Losing a Pet

How does it feel to lose a dog?

Kati Reijonen | Posted 01.05.2017 | Fifty
Kati Reijonen

My dog, Paco, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, December 8th. I wasn't home when it happened. I was in Tallinn, a 2-hour ferry ride from h...

The Weight of Love

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dawn Q Landau

It's been a year, on December 27th, since Luke died in my arms. It was time, but the time never seems right to say goodbye to a beloved friend and fam...

Nothing Lasts Forever 

Sheryl Paul | Posted 09.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

For all humans, but especially the highly sensitives, one of the most difficult truths to accept is that all seasons pass, all stages come to an end, ...

The Dead Stepdog

Heather Leiva | Posted 09.14.2016 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

This was a moment my husband and I had often talked about, having thought the time was imminent for the last two years.

Explaining the Unexplainable Pain of Losing a Pet

Jill Sullivan Grueter | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
Jill Sullivan Grueter

Saying goodbye to Killian was one of the most painful days of my life -- a tie with losing my dad. We were lucky to give Killian a dignified, peaceful way to Heaven. Even though I still feel him with me when I need him most, the pain is so gut-wrenching and the grief is so real.

How Loss Can Bend Even The Deepest-Held Beliefs

Posted 06.02.2015 | OWN

By Trish Deitch I have always been proud of the fact that my daughter wouldn't hurt a fly. At 12, she went camping with other Buddhist kids along C...

A Tribute to Sophie, My Fur Kid

Jim Joseph | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jim Joseph

Saying goodbye to Sophie was one of the hardest things I've had to do in my life. I guess I'm fortunate to be able to even say that, but it's true.

Daily Meditation: Losing A Pet

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Letter to My Cat, Who Died This Morning

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Joel Schwartzberg

When I came home, you ran to greet me. You sat behind my head when I was on the couch, and pressed your warm stomach against my neck. Often you licked my face with your sandpapery tongue like you were trying to scrape away stress.

One Of My Best Friends Is Dying, and Here's What I'm Learning

Sandy Rosenblatt | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Sandy Rosenblatt

Growing up, I always had family pets, but Jack is the first pet that is really all mine. He has been one of my best friends for the better part of 10 ...

The Final Lesson Our Dog Taught My Sons

David Vienna | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
David Vienna

Like any good dog, Mike enriched our family. And even in death, he's helping us teach a heartbreaking, yet vital lesson to our boys.

Losing a Pet May Cause Inconsolable Grief

Linda Lipshutz, MS, ACSW | Posted 11.04.2013 | Miami
Linda Lipshutz, MS, ACSW

Coming home daily to a pet that accepts our flaws and loves us unconditionally may be a source of enormous comfort and joy. And, for those of us who have not have children of our own our pets may have filled an emotional void, offering a fulfilling sense of family connection.

This Magic Moment: Saying Goodbye to Two Friends

Natasha Ashton | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

Saying goodbye to a four-legged friend is something we all dread, and yet from the moment we look into their eyes and promise them, "You're mine," we know that the time will one day come.

Lessons From Herman: A Dog's Life

Kiran Chetry | Posted 05.04.2013 | Media
Kiran Chetry

For those who met Herman even once... he had your heart. He was a clown. He had a joy de vivre that made him seem almost human.

Remembering Daddy

Cesar Millan | Posted 04.27.2013 | Green
Cesar Millan

Three years can be a very long time and a very short time. It seems like only yesterday that Daddy was with me. It seems like a hundred years that he's been gone. And yet, he is here with me, every day.

Euthanasia: A Moment of Grace and Heartache

Diana Nyad | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Diana Nyad

It is clear that, come the time, I will do the right thing by my Scout. My baby. I will not let her suffer. We are told that we love our animals so much, we know when that moment is upon us. And we do the right thing. But how?

The Cat in a Book and in My Life

Dave Astor | Posted 01.09.2013 | Green
Dave Astor

I first met Angus in 2002, and we became close. Last winter, Angus started slowing down and sleeping even more than cats usually sleep. We brought him to the vet, and the diagnosis was leukemia.

Why Is Death So Shocking?

Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH

I have been told by very wise people that I have to make friends with Death. I believe they are right. But I have not yet been able.

What You Need To Know About Losing A Pet

Posted 03.26.2012 | Healthy Living

By Vetstreet Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a cat or dog. It's hard to know how to cope with losing a four-legged member of your family...

I Still Grieve for My Cat -- And I'm Not Ashamed

Mary K. Moore | Posted 04.22.2012 | Women
Mary K. Moore

Grieving for a cat is a tricky proposition. Especially if you're a woman. By just owning one, you're a potential punchline and crying over one is viewed as more Cathy than cathartic.

He Was Only A Cat

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Horowitz

I'm way too old for this. Nobody gets his first pet in his sixth decade. Then again, I'd always known pretty much everything I needed to know about w...