Dealing with the Loss of a Beloved Companion
Go to any search engine and type "dog death support group" and you will find literally thousands of websites devoted to the subject. There are even support groups set up for specific breeds of dog. The members are usually people who are dealing with the same issues you are. Two of the more popular groups are:
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Pet Loss Support
The Humane Society
Your local Humane Society could be a wonderful, supportive option. They deal with grief on a daily basis. Call and see if they have a dog-loss support group.
If your dog has a terminal illness, you may need special help preparing for his loss. Trying to accept his illness and learning to enjoy his remaining days is very difficult, but that is what hospice work is all about. Check with local hospitals and hospice care facilities to see if they can help you.
If you cannot find support from other resources, consider hiring a professional. Your grief and sense of loss over your dog is as real as that you would experience over the loss of a person.
There are telephone hotlines associated with some of the major universities. Below is a listing of the more popular hotlines, along with the times they are available. To see if there are hotlines available in your city, check with your veterinarian.
The Ohio State University
University of Florida-Gainesville
University of California-Davis
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
A final resource to check is your public library. There are many fine books available on grief management.
Source: Adapted from the American Animal Hospital Association
The article originally appeared on DogTime.com.
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