We love our pets like they are family. It’s absolutely heartbreaking when a family member gets lost, passes away or is even just very sick.

First things first, there is nothing to be ashamed of when you feel deeply upset at the loss of a pet. They are loved and you are 100% entitled to feel grief.

Secondly, it’s not your fault. If they get lost, remember it’s in their nature to explore and unfortunately as with any animal there are dangers. Remember that if your pet likes to be outside they would have been very unhappy locked away inside the entire time.

Stages of Grief

Shock and denial. …
Pain and guilt. …
Anger and bargaining. …
Depression. …
The upward turn. …
Reconstruction and working through. …
Acceptance and hope. …