Ways to Heal and Cope After Losing a Pet

| February 10, 2023

Losing a pet can be a devastating experience. Companion animals bring us unconditional love and happiness, and their loss can be extremely painful and difficult to manage. Pet parents who have experienced this heartbreak know how difficult it can be to cope with the grief that follows, while also trying to fill the large void that is suddenly present in everyday life.  

As pet parents, we form a deep and meaningful bond with our pets, which makes their loss even more poignant. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, anger, and even guilt after the death of a pet. The grieving process can be long and difficult, but it’s important to remember that these emotions are a normal part of the process, and that there is help available.  

Some common coping mechanisms when dealing with pet bereavement include spending time with supportive friends and family, finding comfort in memorializing your pet through photos and keepsakes, and engaging in activities that bring you joy. For those who are seeking a more creative outlet for their emotions, using creative writing to process and heal from the death of a pet may be of interest.  

A free 6-week writing workshop is being offered to bereaved pet parents by the Collaborative Learning College of CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) by veterinarian and writer, Nadja Lubiw-Hazard.  This type of workshop provides a supportive environment where participants can reflect on their memories, express their feelings, and connect with others who have also endured the loss of a beloved pet. It will also provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for pet parents to share their stories and connect with others who are going through the same experience. 

Attending a grief workshop can be a helpful step in the grieving process as it can provide pet parents with the tools and support they need to start healing. It is an opportunity for pet parents to come together and find comfort in each other’s company. Losing a pet can be a heart-wrenching experience, and it’s important for pet parents to seek support during this difficult time. To register or learn more, please visit their website.