Our question this week was:
Hi Dr. Debra – My name is Sally – my daughter lost her cat about 2 months ago and she is…inconsolable. It sounds strange but she has even talked about suicide because she misses her cat molly so much. Do you have any advice.
Hi – thanks for your email. Sally – I'm very sorry to hear about your daughter. Grief is a funny thing – it can really affect some people in different ways. It is really hard to loose a beloved pet. I know that from personal experience. I've seen clients have similar reactions to your daughter.
When someone states they are considering suicide – I take that VERY seriously. It is a cry for help. I'd rather not tell you little things to do or say…I'd recommend that you get her professional help.
You can call a local counselor or contact some grief hotlines to find out your first step.
Below are some numbers as well as some websites that might be helpful.
- www.aplb.org (Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement)
- www.alln.org (Pet Love & Loss Network)
An article that might be helpful to you is Coping with Pet Loss.
In addition, some books that might be helpful include:
Best of luck!
P.S. Do any of your pet lovers have any other suggestions for helping someone deal with pet loss?
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