GrieveWell is a local non-profit organization that provides 1:1 peer support along with classes and other resources for those who grieve. This includes those who grieve the loss of a beloved pet.
The death of a pet is often painful to the owner who faces both the loss of a companion and the process of dealing with the grief following that companion's passing, but you have to grieve before the healing process can begin.
There are as many ways to grieve as there are people in the world. When people share their stories, we get the benefit of their hindsight—what they did, how they felt—what they think may have been done differently. In this end-of-life series, we have attempted to share a cross section of stories from our own community. In doing so, we have sought to honor these animals and the depth of feeling for pets who have been loved.