The death of a loved one is always difficult, and this holds true whether the loved one is a human or animal member of a family. Unfortunately, owners grieving over the loss of a pet often have to deal with people who do not understand that their emotional response is valid. If you are having trouble working through the grieving process as it relates to pet loss, take heart, there are many resources available to help.
If you need to talk to someone immediately, call the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Their grief hot line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-877-474-3310
Online resources are also easily accessible. Look to the Delta Society or the Argus Institute for a range of articles, information sources, and support groups all dedicated to helping pet owners deal with the loss of a beloved pet.