Offering grief support for the loss of your pet in Emu Park / Tanby

No one is ever quite prepared to deal with the loss of a pet. Such a loss, especially an unexpected one, can have significant effects on your life and can be as heartbreaking as losing a family member. After all, you have just lost your best friend.

At Angels for Pets, we understand that most people may feel embarrassed about showing their grief for the passing of their beloved pet. This comes from the social stigma that animals aren’t worthy of such deep emotional love and respect. In saying that, our team believes that it’s okay to show your devastation and that it is an important part of the grieving process.

The main thing to remember when dealing with your grief is that many people have experienced everything you are currently going through, even if it doesn’t feel like it. If you find it hard to express these feelings to others you may find it helpful to take the time to write a story or journal entry of the memories you have of your pet.

Get in touch with our friendly team to discuss the services we can direct you to or download our grief and support brochure here.



Guilt is a common emotion experienced when a pet is lost, especially when it is an unexpected one.

Many people feel the loss is their responsibility. We frequently hear people saying that they:

  • Blame themselves
  • Should have been there
  • Knew something was wrong
  • Should have gone to the vet sooner

While it is difficult to move through these emotions it’s important to remember that it is the quality of time spent with our animals that matters. Reliving these quality times will help you remember that you loved them and that they received a good quality life in your care.

Pet Grief

When you lose your pet it’s easy to be consumed by your own grief and forget about others who may be affected. It is not uncommon for other family pets to experience a sense of loss and grief.

You should look out for your pets refusing to eat, wandering from room to room looking for their friend and sleeping in their lost friends favourite spot. If you are aware of the behavioural changes in your pets it will be easier to provide them with the reassurance they need to recover.

If you are concerned about your pet, please seek advice from your local veterinary clinic or refer to our Grief brochure for other support services.

Phone: 1300 735 450

Pet Replacement

Replacing a pet that has passed away can be difficult for some people, while others may move on right away. Remember that there is no right time to make the commitment to another pet and it all depends on what feels right to you.

If you are a family member or friend who is looking to get your loved one a new companion, we would advise against it. It is generally not a wise decision unless you know the person really well and can tell they would love and accept a new furry friend. If they aren’t ready for a new pet, you run the risk of them rejecting it.

Support Network

The best way to work through grief is to have a positive support network. The support of your close friends and family can help make the process easier to deal with.

Whether your pet has passed of natural causes, due to an accident or a terminal illness via euthanasia, it’s vital you speak to your vet, family and friends in order to move forward.

As a family member or close friend, it’s important to acknowledge the loss of your loved one’s beloved pet, even if you aren’t an animal person yourself. Providing your friend with an ear to listen and being compassionate and understanding of their emotional outbursts will help them feel understood.

If you feel like you need to speak to someone about your situation there are resources available including the Pet Loss Support Line and Life Support Counselling.

Veterinary Clinics in the Region

Yeppoon Vet Surgery –

Acacia Vet Surgery –

Alma Street Veterinary Hospital –

Torenbeek Veterinary Clinic –

Rockhampton Veterinary Clinic –

High Street Veterinary Surgery –

Capricorn Veterinary Surgery –

Maraboon Veterinary Surgery Emerald –

Gray Street Veterinary Clinic Emerald –

Emerald Veterinary Clinic and Boarding Kennels –

Beale Veterinary Services Blackwater – 0749827111

Boyne Tannum Vet Clinic –

Harbour City Vet Surgery Gladstone –

Sun City Veterinary Surgery Gladstone –

Chamberlain Road Veterinary Clinic Calliope – 0749755900

Quality Vet Care Centre –


As an owner you are likely to have a number of questions relating to pet cremation. The team at Angels for Pets are happy to provide answers where we can. If you have a question you don’t see answered, feel free to contact our team.

No, our team can collect your pet from the veterinary clinic or from your home. From there we will complete the individual cremation and ensure the ashes are returned to the vet.

Yes, where possible we can take a paw print and clipping of fur from your pet as a memorial piece. This is an optional service for all customers and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

No, an urn or scatter box is included in the cost of our services. We can also use a personalised urn or vessel of your choice, should you desire.

If you do not want to receive the ashes, we will scatter them for you in our rose gardens or on native land at our premise. We take care to scatter the ashes in a dignified manner on your behalf. We can also send you the cremation certificate or a plaque, should you want it.