To all the pet parents out there who are anticipating the loss of their beloved furry friends, our team at Lifting Stars Veterinary Homecare wants you to know that you are not alone. Anticipatory grief is common among pet owners and can be a difficult and overwhelming experience, but there are ways to cope with the impending loss of your pet.

First and foremost, it’s important to remember that it is okay to feel a range of emotions during this time. It is normal to experience sadness, anger, denial, and even guilt. Know that these feelings are a natural part of the grieving process and that it is okay to give yourself permission to feel them.

Anticipatory grief in losing a pet can be a complex and emotional experience. It can involve feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, and helplessness. Owners may feel a sense of loss even before their pet has passed away. They may also feel a sense of guilt about making decisions related to their pet’s care, such as whether to continue with treatment or to euthanize.

One way to cope with anticipatory grief is to create a bucket list of activities to do with your pet. Spend time doing things you both enjoy, such as going for a walk in the park, snuggling up for a movie night, or trying out a new toy or treat. Cherish the moments you have left together and make them special.

It’s also essential to take care of yourself during this time. Make sure you are getting enough rest, eating well, and seeking support from family, friends, or a therapist if needed. Talking to someone about your feelings can be an excellent way to process your emotions and find comfort in knowing that others understand what you are going through.

Finally, it’s important to remember that your pet has had a wonderful life with you, filled with love and companionship. As difficult as it is to say goodbye, take comfort in knowing that you provided your pet with a life full of happiness and care. The love and bond you shared will always be with you, even after they are gone.  

If you feel you might be struggling with anticipatory grief, please feel free to call our Support Specialists at Lifting Stars Veterinary Homecare at 778-840-5438 or refer to the Resources page on our website,, where you will find a list of local Vancouver-based counseling services.