Grieving for your pet with Lara Casanova, Life in the Pink

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The sad reality is that our pets will not be here forever. At some point will have to grieve for them. We talk about how to grieve for our pets, the steps that may help us and how to support our friends and family (online and in real life) when they are grieving for their pets.

In this episode we cover:

  • Lara shares her diversified background.

  • Her studies about pet grief and loss.

  • The importance of processing grief for people.

  • Changing the perception that we don’t need to grieve our pets.

  • The story of Max, Lara’s dog and how she grieved when she passed away.

  • The different stages of grief.

  • Suggestions for coping mechanisms.

  • Her favourite communities on Facebook on losing pets.

  • Lara shares advice on healthy approaches to making sensitive decisions for ending your pets life.

  • Suggestions on how to include pets who have passed on in important events of the owners life.

  • How to support family members and online friends who are grieving for pets.

  • Hasara and Lara share beautiful stories of honouring cats who have passed.

  • Appreciating the special moments with our cats.

  • What Lara wants to see in the future with regards to pet grief and how society accepts this.

  • The pet related accounts that inspire her.

  • Product or service that has been a game changer for her pets.

Guest - Lara Casanova - Life in the pink

Facebook – In the Pink

If You Need Support

In this podcast episode we cover experiences related to mental health challenges. If you need help here are a few numbers you can call for support:

In Australia Lifeline: 13 11 14

In USA, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800 273 8255

In Canada, Crisis Services Canada: 1 833 456 4566

In the United Kingdom, Samaritans: 116 123


Memorial set up at a wedding

Memorial set up at a wedding

Pet memorial/stone – Talking Stones

Tribute website – Our wonderful pets

Etsy Signature bracelet

Bios Urn


Jack McAfghan & Books on pet grief

 Centre pet loss grief

Our wonderful pets


Pets and people

Beyond Blue


Wedding Chaperone

The Little Animal Co.  

I do paws

Instagram Accounts Mentioned

@boss_the_bengal (now @boss_maui_star_the_bengals) #meerkatmondayforboss

Dog Booties



Thank you to our amazing sponsor, Supakit.


Music for this episode was composed and performed by Kory McIntyre.

Cover Art

The photo used for the cover art for Season 2 of the Catexplorer Podcast was taken by @littlegreysadventures.