There is no denying the impact that our pets have on our lives and the special bond that we form with them during our time together.  For most people the loss of their pet is in every way comparable to the loss of a human friend or family member.  Our pets provide us with uncritical and unconditional love.  They are a constant in our lives and once they are gone it can be a very difficult transition filled with grief that may sometimes be overwhelming.

The following resources will provide you with some of the tools needed to prepare for euthanasia and the loss of your companion.  There are resources here that will also aid your discussion with your children regarding pet euthanasia.

ONLINE RESOURCES:

Pet Loss Canada (http://petlosscanada.com/)

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (http://www.aplb.org/)

Grief Healing (http://www.griefhealing.com/)

Rainbow Bridge (http://www.rainbowbridge.com/)

Pet Loss Support Page (http://www.pet-loss.net/)

LITERATURE:

You will find a variety of books available online (www.amazon.ca) on coping with pet loss.  The following is a short selection of those that are available.

Going Home: Finding peace when pets die  by John Katz

The Loss of a Pet  by Wallace Sife

When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing  by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD

Pet Loss and Children: Helping Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet  by Erainna Winnett

Children and Pet Loss: A Guide for Helping  by Marty Tousley

When Friendship Lives Beyond the Stars: A resource book to help children cope with the death of a pet  by Dr. Amy Sugar- Available via South Island Mobile Veterinary Services

COUNSELLING:

There are many counsellors and therapists that focus specifically on grief support, including pet loss.  The website Theravive (http://www.theravive.com/) allows you to search in your location for counselling options that will suit your needs.  You may find that a Google search for pet loss and grief support counselling will also provide you with links to local therapists who can assist you during this time of loss.