Loss of Pet

This blog is a personal blog and dedicated to our family’s Westie Terrier named Ella. Ella always radiated love, enjoyed walks in the park, and would do happy dances all around the house. We were able to celebrate our last Christmas with Ella. She passed peacefully in her sleep a few days after Christmas.  It was hard for us after the holiday celebration to loose a member of the family.



Our four legged best friends become an important and cherished part of the family. Grief is completely normal and everyone grieves differently. Take your time to process the death of your pet, then work your way through your grieving process.

Allow yourself and your family to remember the memories of your beloved dog or cat. Let yourselves feel the happiness and sadness of these memories. Be open to others supporting you during this time. Most people understand the pain of loosing a loved one and pet. Especially pet lovers, the hardest part of having a four legged best friend is the good bye.

If you know someone that is grieving the loss of a pet it helps to remember it’s not about changing the way the person feels it's more about just supporting them in their grieving process. 

Grief and loss can be especially hard for children. Showing your child that feelings of grief and sadness are okay is a great way to teach them to cope with loss.

If it feels right have a favorite picture framed of your family pet as an honor to the memories and love you shared. 

Below is a dedicated poem to anyone who is grieving the loss of a pet.


 Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

 When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 


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  • Thank you so much for your article. It has helped my husband and myself to realize and understand that letting go of your furbaby and handleing the situation is eveitable. We have Sadie Bug, 14 year old Brussells Griffon that is my best friend. She has ALOT of medical issues, including liver disease, cushings, chronic constant itching and a heart problem. She is our baby girl and it is going to be hard on us and her, especially the TIMING of letting her go. We are currently looking into bringing a VET to our home when that time comes. Thank you again so much for spreading your love, Alicia

    Alicia Burgess
  • We miss our Daisy.. Mae
    Bladder .stones…
    Too late to save her ..Feel guilty didn’t do more…Rainbow Bridge Daisy Mama + Daddy Your babies Ozzie +Suzi+Blondie+ Mate u + Miss u

    Roxy and Derek

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