Dog grief

What does Animal Grief Look Like?

Dog griefLet’s answer a question today!

Question: I think my dog might be heavily depressed after the passing of his brother two months ago. Is this right?

Answer: Animals grieve very differently from humans. As humans, when someone we love dies, most of us lose our connection to that person (or animal). We can’t sense them when then are around us, we can’t smell them, or have communications with them anymore.

Animals, on the other hand, are SO much more securely connected to the Other Side that their experience of a friend dying is quite different….

From what the animals have told me, they can still sense (ie smell, hear, connect to, interact with) the animal or human that has passed over. The main difference for them is really that they no longer have a 3D world connection: they can’t touch one another for example.

The animal left here, DOES miss the animal or human that has left their life – but they are really only grieving the loss of the physical presence. Because they can still connect so deeply at another level, an animal’s grief is usually much less than a humans.

When I connect with animals, who’s humans say they’re grieving, they animals usually say, yes, they are sad about the physical loss of their friend, but they’re MORE sad about the change in their lifestyle due to their HUMAN’S grieving!

That’s right! It’s often the animal’s human’s own grief that is affecting the animal left behind, rather than their own feelings of sadness.

If you think you have a pet who is deeply grieving, I encourage you to look at your own feelings. Are you sad? Are you taking this out in any way (probably accidentally) on your remaining pet? Are you acting differently toward your remaining pet? Have you changed your routine as a result of your sadness?

As you begin to understand your OWN sadness, you’ll see that your animal shifts her feelings as well. What a connection right?

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  1. Anne Wolff Nichols
    Anne Wolff Nichols says:

    As an animal energy healer, (and humans too), I know first hand the connection that occurs between animal and people – as I literally “feel it”. It has been my observation for many, many years, that animals get sick by “taking on” the heavy emotions of the owner. People many times are not even aware that this is happening, until their companion animal comes down with something like cancer. The emotions that are “stuck” in the human are also “stuck” in the animal and those stuck emotions if they are not processed will eventually cause dis-ease. So as an energy healer, my job is to utilize energy to help both the animal and person release the stuck emotions, so they can heal and move forward with their lives.

    So I 100% agree, animals do take on humans “baggage” and if your animal is grieving, not only do they need help in finding a way to release it, so does the human.


    About a year ago, my white male cat, Angel, passed, leaving me with only my black female cat, Sophie. The interesting thing is that even though Sophie seemed to pick on Angel at times (and he would avoid her), after Angel passed, Sophie started behaving strangely. Sophie was not very vocal and Angel had a strident voice which he used in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. Now that Angel is gone, Sophie is more vocal and sometimes wanders through the house meowing. It’s almost like she is calling him. Angel also used to get by my pillow at night and for some reason pull my hair. Just recently, Sophie has done the same thing on two occasions. I loved both cats and, though I miss Angel at times, I know he is okay and not suffering from his illnesses anymore, so I don’t think I expressed an extended period of grieving. But it has been over a year now and Sophie still “talks” to him as she walks down the hall. I know it’s not me she is talking to, because when she talks to me, she comes and sits by my side and looks at me. Just think it’s interesting that she was so bossy with him when he was here and now she talks to him.


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