Pet Loss
Lightning Strike Pet Loss Support - When you suffer the loss of a pet,
the best thing you can do is seek out others who can empathize with your grief.

Online for more than a decade, this pet loss support website contains
information and other vehicles of grief support that can help you make it through
these troubled times. The true beauty of the Internet is its vast resources. And,
we hope Lightning Strike is the one place to which you can turn to get the
compassionate comfort and support you need right away.
Copyright 2014 © Barry M. Baker,
Pet Loss - A Reference to References - A sad but true fact is that we will
most likely outlive our pets. In fact, during our lifetimes we may be fortunate
enough to love and unlucky enough to lose several close animal companions.
Whether dogs, cats, birds, horses or any other living creature, our friends touch
us in special ways that require a special touch to heal. This document is a start
toward the healing process. Somewhere in this list we hope you will find words of
comfort. If you take nothing else from this list, take away the knowledge that
others understand your pain and are here to help.
PET LOSS AND PET DEATH - “Animal Companions and their People” is
dedicated to fostering and furthering an increased understanding of as well as
respect and appreciation for the animals with whom we share the earth. It is
designed to help us recognize the purposefulness, sacredness and
interconnectedness of all creatures. Its purpose is to elevate our consciousness
and recognize that animals experience life and death and share many of the
same emotions we have. It also seeks to improve our awareness of and expand
communications between our animal companions and us.

In particular, this site is devoted to all aspects of pet ownership or as we prefer
to call it “pet guardianship” or “pet parenthood.” We view our animal companions
as integral and vital friends, companions and beloved family members with whom
we share our hearts, our homes and our daily lives. They are fellow travelers on
the path of Life and their journey is interwoven with our own.
Pet Loss Support Page - Anyone who considers a pet a beloved friend,
companion, or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss
of that friend. Following are some tips on coping with that grief, and with the
difficult decisions one faces upon the loss of a pet.
Euthanasia & Death of a Pet - Pet - Making decisions
about euthanasia can be one of the most difficult things we ever do, and every
pet owner must eventually face coping with this grief. This section provides
information and resources to assist you when your pet dies.
Pet Loss Support Hotline -  (College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State
University) T
he hotline was established in January of 1994, to provide a
nonjudgmental outlet for people to express their feelings and concerns when
they are faced with the loss of their cherished animal companion.

The hotline is staffed by veterinary students who are trained in conjunction with
a professional grief counselor. Working the hotline provides valuable experience
for these future veterinarians.

The hotline is also a local and national resource for educating the veterinary
community about the significance of the human-animal bond.
Pet Loss Support Hotline - (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine) -
The first Pet Loss Support Hotline was set up in 1989 at the College of
Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. Cornell used their
guidelines in construction of our own hotline. The hotline is staffed by volunteer
veterinary students who have undergone extensive training with professional
grief counselors. Volunteers regularly attend discussion meetings with faculty
advisors. These meetings assist hotline volunteers in dealing with the personal
responses to grief and educate them to better serve the needs of callers.

Literature relating to pet loss and grief is maintained by the hotline and available
for mailing to callers who request information. Articles about the human-animal
bond and grief are provided for the education of student volunteers and,
together with the experience from the hotline, help to prepare the students for
the emotional side of veterinary practice.

Many if not all of the veterinary student volunteers have experienced the loss of
a beloved companion animal and are aware of the profound sadness and
confusing emotions that can result. They understand that every loss is unique
and they are trained to acknowledge the normal grieving process that callers
are experiencing.
The Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline is not a mental health hotline. If the
concerns voiced over a call are beyond topics related to pet loss and pet
grieving, volunteers will help you find appropriate resources for your needs.