Why Losing a Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing Family

Dogs provide complete, uncomplicated love, while human relationships can be complex.

Unconditional Love  

Caring for a dog provides meaning, routine and purpose which is lost when they die.

Routine & Purpose

Guilt over euthanasia decisions or not spending enough time with the dog can linger.

Guilt & Regret

Dogs are a constant presence, so their absence after death is deeply felt.

Daily Presence  

Lack of ritual and inability to explain death to a dog may deny closure.

No Closure    

Dog toys and belongings serve as painful reminders and grief triggers.

Memories Triggered

There may be less social support and empathy for pet versus human loss.

Social Stigma  

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