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Dying & Death Talk

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

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Animals

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.

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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 →

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 →

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