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Ask Helen: General FAQ's about pet loss & grief

How long should it take me to get past my pet’s loss?

The initial grief period (‘intense grief’) typically lasts anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. *Please note, everyone grieves differently; People often hold onto grief because they believe that if they cease grieving, they will lose the bond and the memories they had with their pet.

If the grief does not seem to lessen after three months, I would suggest that you should reach out for help.

How many sessions will I need to attend before I start feeling better?

Again, everyone grieves differently but, in my experience, most people are feeling better and able to cope after attending four to six sessions.

How long should I wait until I get a new pet?

There is no right or wrong time to wait, however, allow yourself to grieve the pet you just loss. Be aware that a new pet will not replace the pet you just lost.

Is it okay to get a new pet that looked like my pet that I just lost?

If you favor a particular breed, then so be it! Getting the same breed in order to “replace” the pet you just lost, then you should seriously rethink why you are getting that particular pet. As stated in the answer above, no new pet will replace the pet you have lost.

If you are struggling to cope with the loss of your beloved pet, I'm here to help.

Feel free to contact me here

"You cannot truly understand the loss of a pet until you have walked through the experience; and even then, as unique as each bond and relationship is, so is the loss."
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