Watch video: Grief and pet loss - how to cope

It is very important to acknowledge and accept our grief. In this video (filmed in 2013), Belinda Johnston from (, a vet who specialises in bereavement advises how we can cope during these difficult times.

Belinda discusses seeking comfort from family, friends and professionals and suggests how talking and writing in journals can be beneficial to some. Is it very important during grief to look after yourself with regular meals and exercise exercise etc.

Belinda also looks at ways to create memorials such as creating a memory box, photo album, living memorial (planting a tree or bulbs), ashes in photo frames or even jewellery with clipping of fur or ashes.

Our Special Friends helps people continue to benefit from animal companionship by providing practical and emotional support during illness, bereavement or other crises.

0:00 Introduction
0:57 The importance of routines
1:31 Helplines, leaflets and books
2:41 The need to say goodbye
3:07 Ways to remember our pets
3:20 Ways to help children ritualise
3:28 Other ways to create memorials

Other videos about grief and pet loss:
Grief and pet loss – symptoms you may experience
Grief and pet loss - preparing for the time
Grief and pet loss - how to cope
Grief and pet loss - what support is available

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