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How to grieve the loss of a pet dog

How to grieve the loss of a pet dog

How to grieve the loss of a pet dog is this month’s FAQ (frequently asked question). Research shows that for many, the loss of a much-loved dog is comparable to the death of a human loved one.“Euthanising Tina, my 16-year-old Labrador, was devastating. I cried more...
Successful Grief

Successful Grief

What does successful grief look like? When my mum died, the Kubler-Ross grief model was the road map for mourning. Friends and family measured every tear and angry outburst against the five-stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Today,...
Ruby’s Story–Goodbye to a family gem

Ruby’s Story–Goodbye to a family gem

Six months ago, I euthanized my best friend, Ruby. She was a beautiful black Labrador with bone cancer. Her pain was insufferable, yet I agonized over ending her life. The Vet said it was the kindest thing I could do. But I kept asking myself, “Will Ruby ever forgive...
Kylie’s Story – Death of a husband

Kylie’s Story – Death of a husband

The death of a much-loved husband is devastating, as Kylie discovered. Yet, through the eyes of her young daughter, Kylie found hope. Kylie’s Story Every morning, I would kiss my husband, Terry, good-bye before heading to work. Our kiss was the cue for my two...