Coping with Grief after the Loss of a Pet
The loss of a pet is always a tragic event, often being one of the most profoundly painful moments in your life. Our emotions following the loss are real, justifiable, and nothing to be ashamed of.
Your heart must split from your mind. You have to make a decision that will break your heart, knowing that the alternative is so much worse. Every person at the Clarkson Village Animal Hospital understands these feelings, as most of us have faced this moment in our own lives.
However, when your pet is suffering and has a poor quality of life, you know what the right thing to do is. It is the most unselfish act to take away your pet’s suffering, even when it is so hard for you.
We are here to help you at this sad and difficult time. We can provide you with literature that can help you and your children deal with the loss of a family pet. There are also several nearby Pet Loss Support Groups.
The Rainbow Bridge
There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth. It is called the rainbow bridge because of its many colours. 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, 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 you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the rainbow bridge together, never again to be separated.