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    terryw
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    I lost my Golden Retriever, Bentley, a couple of days ago to snakebite. My whole world has collapsed on me.
    He was everything to me, He was part of who I am. All my thoughts and plans were based around him and his sister being there with me.
    I wasn’t there when he needed me the most and this has destroyed me.
    I have no idea how I will get through this, let alone helping my other baby get through it.It is heartbreaking watching her wander around alone.
    This loss has hit me harder than anything I have experienced in the past and I just don’t know what to do.

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    VM-Mancha1
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    Hello @terryw,

    I am so sorry this has happened to you, and I can’t comprehend just how painful this must be. As an owner to a gorgeous staffy who’s been our constant companion and is slowly disappearing to cancer, your words strike right to the heart of the love we feel for our pets and the inescapable grief we feel when we lose them.

    First, you have come to the right place. This forum is here for us, for people like you, and it’s a place where we can share the pain and the loss and feel heard. Our losses are all different yet share the same paws and tails. Bentley must have been such an amazing companion for you – how is his sister coping with that loss?

    Grief might feel like something we can’t possibly overcome or cope with, but there are ways to make things easier. Firstly I would recommend starting here: https://griefline.org.au/resources/east-toolkit/

    This page helps you to see the basic, simple, everyday steps we can take to start coping with grief. It’s not a shortcut or a magic bullet to solve the problem, but it absolutely helps you to find a little respite and space to begin processing.

    I would also strongly recommend calling Griefline, or booking in time for a call. You don’t need to feel this sorrow on your own, we are here to help.

    Reach out, and come back – tell us how you’re coping, today.

    And be kind to yourself.

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