Grief for a Beloved Companion


The sad reality is dogs live shorter lives than people. A six year old boy said he knew why: “People are born so they can learn how to live a good life—like loving everybody all the time and being nice. Well dogs already know how to do that so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Grief for a Beloved Companion takes on many faces and challenges.

Anyone who has lost a faithful loved companion canine understands the grief that comes with loss, whether by accident, illness or simply old age.

Today there are millions of dogs waiting to give you their love and devotion who will be killed this year simply because they won’t be adopted. Please consider saving one of them. At The Simon Foundation and the Center, our no kill motto is: Until there are none, adopt one.

If you have recently lost a dog or companion pet, we are very sorry for your loss.

Many schools of Veterinary Medicine provide both free and fee based grief support and counseling.

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has a free hotline that is manned during the academic year by veterinary students who help with pet loss grief. Tufts also has a very helpful brochure that can be downloaded as a PDF.