Grieving for the loss of a pet can be a very sad and difficult experience. Life, once filled with the love and friendship of a pet, may suddenly seem very empty.

Feelings of despair, loneliness and even depression can be overwhelming. There may also be a strong sense of guilt and self-doubt, particularly when a decision has been taken to euthanase a pet.

These feelings are normal and a testimony to the special bond between people and their pets. Unfortunately, not everyone understands this grief, and it can be a very lonely experience,
at Oak Leaves we are pleased to offer you practical and sensitive advice on how to cope with your loss.


The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) and the Blue Cross together run a help-line to support bereaved owners across the UK who are coping with the loss of their pet.

A network of trained volunteers or 'Befrienders' provide a sympathetic ear and help people overcome their emotional distress.

Telephone helpline 0800 096 6606 (charges are at local rates where possible)

The Blue Cross also offers support via email for people who find talking on the phone too distressing.

To visit the Blue Cross website for more information, click here: