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Looking at dying and death for what it is: a part of life.

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Dog Attends Mass Every Day Where His Owner’s Funeral Was, Hoping She’ll Return

Courtesy of TheAnimalRescueSite.com Blog | By Timothy Roberts | Photo by The Daily Mail | Published 12.31.2019 Seeing a dog going to church is not something that comes up on the radar every day. In the small town of San... Continue Reading →

Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet

But my veterinarian advised me that my end-of-life scenario for my dog wasn’t realistic. In most cases, a natural death, she told me, means prolonged suffering that we don’t always see, because dogs and cats are far more stoic than humans when it comes to pain.

How Do Therapy Dogs Offer Comfort at Funeral Services?

Courtesy of TherapyDogs.com |Originally Posted 07.07.2017 |Posted 06.11.2019 When grieving families feel overwhelmed with emotions, many cannot cope with the loss of a family member or friend. Books have been written and support groups have been established to help people... Continue Reading →

A psychologist explains why losing a dog can be as painful as losing a relative

Courtesy of Quartz.com | By Frank T. McAndrew |Photo by Reuters/Russell Cheyne | Originally Published 03.14.2017 | Posted 05.01.2019 Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives—the euthanasia of our beloved dog,... Continue Reading →

Nursing Juliet

Courtesy of TheNewYorkTimes.com | By Danielle Ofri | Illustration by Yvetta Fedorova | Originally Published 10.28.2018 | Posted 11.30.2018 In a world that relentlessly enforces limits, the love of a pet is a refuge for unconstrained emotion, especially for a... Continue Reading →

What To Say To Someone Grieving The Loss Of A Pet (And Things You Should Never Say)

Courtesy of Everplans.com | By Gene Newman |  Posted 10.29.2018 For most people, it’s not just a dog, cat, or other domesticated animal. They just lost a part of the family. It’s not easy to know what to say when... Continue Reading →

Do Animals Experience Grief?

Courtesy of The Conversation.com | Published 08.24.2018 | Posted 09.27.2018 Lisa's note: This 15 second recording is of my dog Bella howling over, what I presume is, the lost of her brother, Argyris. It pierces my soul and I hurt... Continue Reading →

‘A ticket to the next life’: the lavish Buddhist dog funerals of Bangkok

Courtesy of TheGuardian.com | By Hannah Ellis Peterson | Originally Published 05.24.2018 | Posted 06.23.2018 Full funeral rites from the monks of Bangkok’s Wat Krathum Suea Pla temple used to be for humans only – until a new and lucrative... Continue Reading →

Animals Grieve Just Like Humans. Meet Bella.

Story and Photo by Lisa C. Oliver | Posted 05.26.2018 Bella lost her brother Argyris on the night of April 28th, 2018.  At eight years old, the  Neapolitan mastiffs were littermates, adopted together at 7 weeks of age. Arygris was... Continue Reading →

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