Dying & Death Talk

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



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

Courtesy of | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 →

More people are adopting old, sick dogs to keep them from dying alone and afraid

Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer | By Karin Brulliard/Washington Post | Photo By Steve Forst | Originally Published 03.05.2018 | Posted 03.14.2018 When a German Shepherd rescue organization posted Elmo’s photo online last fall, it made no effort to mask... Continue Reading →

When a Pet Dies, Helping Children Through the ‘Worst Day of Their Lives’

Courtesy of The New York | By JULI FRAGA | Originally Published 06.08.2017 | Posted 02.23.2018 The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience with death. Understanding the unique ways that children view pets and respond... Continue Reading →

Things I Wish I Had Known When My Dog Died

Courtesy of the New York | By Jen A. Miller | Illustration by Heidi Younger | Originally Published 03.23.2017 | Posted 02.16.2018 On Jan. 4, 11 years and 26 days after I walked out of an animal shelter in... Continue Reading →

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