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.
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
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.