Kristin's Blog

Reflections about pet loss, loving a pet with behavior problems, and veterinary social work

Pet Loss: Strategies for Grief and Mourning

There are so many strategies that can help as you move through the grief of losing a pet. Here are just a few ideas to get you started: 1. Journaling: Writing about what you are feeling, writing a letter to your pet (or many letters), imagining what your pet...

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The Pain of Pet Loss: What Can Help?

The intense emotional pain that comes with losing a pet can be an overwhelming experience, to say the least. If you’re navigating the grief process, the ideas below can help you find your way: 1. Know that what you are experiencing makes sense: You are not crazy. You...

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Finding Pet Loss Support

If you are in the midst of the immense heartbreak of saying goodbye to a beloved pet, please know that you are not alone and there are supports out there that can help. Here are some options to consider. It’s important that you find what feels right for you. 1. Books:...

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The Heartbreak of Pet Loss

I want to write about the emotional complexity of pet loss. Not only do we have intense feelings about losing our pets, but then we also worry and judge ourselves about having those feelings. I hear over and over again from people who are feeling bad or confused about...

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Rehoming or Euthanasia and Behavior Problems

The last several posts have focused on what it is like to care for a pet with behavior problems. It’s crucial that part of that conversation touches on something many owners will reckon with – decisions about rehoming or euthanasia. Future posts will focus more in...

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