Losing a pet is a heartbreaking experience, one that can cause feelings of overwhelming sadness, physical pain, anger, depression and stress. All of these feelings are a normal part of the grieving process.

Grief is a very natural response to losing someone who has shared part of our life. The process of grieving for a pet can be no different than mourning the death of a human. Everybody handles grief differently. There is no right or wrong way to respond to the emotions that you’re experiencing


  • Shock and disbelief
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Physical pains like headaches, muscular pain and flu-like symptoms
  • Stress
  • Feeling lonely
  • Crying, or a reluctance to cry
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating on everyday tasks
  • Losing motivation in normal interests
  • Feeling guilty