The loss of a pet will often be a very sudden event while passing’s due to illness may be long and drawn out. The sudden loss of a loved pet will usually cause intense feelings of shock and often disbelief.

Shock is our natural mechanism for dealing with the many traumatic situations life will deliver. Although shock can often be a sickening and overwhelming sensation it is a state of mind that allows us to gather our resources to manage the stages of grief that will follow.