Losing A Pet

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Losing A Pet

Support Groups in Michigan are on the rise to deal with the tragedy of pet loss.

When a pet companion dies after many years of companionship, most pet owners are shaken.

You have been through some tough times together. Some pet owners have owned a pet since childhood and pets bring love and joy into their lives.

Sometimes you need the help of a professional after a pet passes and the first place that many pet owners turn to is a local animal hospital in your neighborhood or city.

Besides a veterinary practice, the animal hospital offers some very unique services like pet grief groups led by a certified counselor. [Read more…]

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Dealing With Grief

Pet MemorialsIt’s been a little over a year since I cremated my miniature schnauzer Andy and 10 years of an assertive almost human like personality.

This is still a recent loss for me, and there are times when I miss Andy on those long summer walks around the neighborhood trails and running with him during those cold winter nights.

I find these memories of my beloved Andy come and go when I sit alone outdoors without him by my side.

I would be typing on my PC keyboard and he would nudge my hand to be scratched under his neck, and wearing his big smile.

My thoughts of Andy aches with that physical memory – it’s like I can feel Andy doing that, but he’s not physically there. Losing a pet is a difficult event to live through.

Dealing with the grief is difficult because our pets are family members and this creates a big loss for all concerned.

We get accustom with them between remaining in the hurt over the loss and a powerful emotional growth that will lead to joyful memories of your loved one. [Read more…]

Rainbow Bridge Poem

 

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Poetry about life

We are the true dog lovers and we know that the death of beloved pet is devastating and no one can understand our true grief except for other dog owners that write about their deep affection for their dogs.

These feelings are normal for us humans and sometimes poetry can help with the stress of not having your pet by your side.

The Rainbow Bridge Poem is world famous. If you have children, trying to understand their grief is important and sometimes a poem during times of grief can be the best therapy when your lay you’re pet to rest.

Without a Dog

A man may have his share of goldaand
Though hard to get, and hard to hold,
May even have a little fame,
Although they soon forget your name,out
May even have a little bliss,
The rapture of a faithless kiss,
And yet, the while the world you jog,
Life isn’t much without a dog.

Life gives him friends a-plenty, friends
As many as the coins he spends,
Yet, when he has a trail to go
Up hill, down dale, through rain or snow,
One, only one, will rise and leave
The good red fire, grieve when you grieve
Go where you go, the peak, the bog –
Life isn’t much without a dog.

Unless a man can say, “Come, Jack,”
Come Sport or Scotty, life will lack
The only love man ever knew
That would not vanish like the dew,
To ev’ry man must come a day
When he must walk some hurt away,
And, in that hour of doubt, of fog,
Life isn’t much without a dog.

by Douglas Malloch
Taken from The Dog’s Scrapbook, Chicago, Illinois

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow there is a land of meadows,
hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed
are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special
person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play
until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches! The ears are up!
The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look
once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Bridge together
never again to be separated.

-Author Unknown
New – Pet Loss Poems

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Pet Loss

When a pet dies known steps of the grieving process. The pain can be just as intense as grief brought on by the death of a beloved parent or family member, and can even be more difficult to cope with in one respect.

Pet Loss

Sometimes pet owners realize that their suffering is not the kind of hardship that generates much sympathy from some co-workers or people disconnected from the pet that passed away. [Read more…]

Grief Counseling

Grief Counseling and Helping Kids Understand

Grief Counseling For Pet

People have many options for grief counseling to help them work through their emotions. However, very few resources exist for people who lose their beloved companion animals, like dogs, cats or horses.

This is true when young children are involved and the loss of a pet can be very painful for small children. Michigan has many resources especially in southeastern and central the list below includes many resources in Michigan that are both free or with small investment of money and time. [Read more…]