Grieving Pet Loss
“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” (Aeschylus) Saying goodbye to a pet can be beyond difficult, losing them suddenly, tragically can be devastating. The anticipatory grief we experience with a terminally ill person can also be experienced with a terminally ill pet. The process of determining how much treatment to pursue under such circumstances – and of deciding when it is time to let go of our pet as the only way to relieve their suffering and intractable pain and offer them the only comfort available to them can be excruciating. Grief counseling can be helpful part of this process
Our pets are not our whole life, but they do help make us whole. They love us, forgive us, comfort us, teach us, entertain us, and give us purpose. Sometimes they are our friend, sometimes our children, always a part of us unlike any human can be. We can confide in them with no judgement or contrary feedback. Is it any wonder that when they die we are at a loss to know how to pick up our daily routine without them?
The Schorman Center counselors are in tune with these realities and available to help you deal with the loss of your special pet. Helen Keller said, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” If you are struggling with the pain of having said goodbye to your pet love, call us. We can help.
Our Counselors’ Pets
The Schorman Center staff understands the profound love people have for their pets as they, too, love theirs.
Fran’s “Chloe” and “Jasmine”
Frankie’s “Machinko” and “Kalia”
Frankie’s “Tia” and “Baci”
Dorothy’s “Midnight” and “Callie”