Coping With A Pet’s Death


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — The average human lifespan is 72 years. But most dogs will only live between eight and eleven years. Cats: ten to 15 years. With statistics like these, it’s inevitable that pet owners will have to say goodbye to a furry friend at some point.

They’re more than cute faces. For many, pets are part of the family. And when you lose one, the grief can be intense.

Some ways to cope: have a memorial service, plant a tree, or create a photo album in memory of your pet. This can help you celebrate the animal’s life in a healing way. Also don’t try to mask your sadness. Pets are dear companions and you shouldn’t feel like you have to hide your pain. Your grief might last days or even years. Writing in a journal can help you express your emotions. You might also want to find a support group or therapist to talk to. The association for pet loss and bereavement offers a list of groups in your area. Finally, consider adopting another pet, but only when you’re ready. Remember the new animal isn’t a replacement, but he can help you love again.

If you or someone you know is having a hard time after a pet’s death, the ASPCA can help. You can call their pet loss hotline at (877) grief-10.

Contributor(s) to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Angela Clooney, Videographer and Editor.

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