How Reiki Helps You and Your Animal Companions Cope and Deal with Grief

by | Jul 26, 2023 | Reiki | 0 comments


Losing a beloved animal companion can be a heart-wrenching experience. The pain we feel is similar to that of losing a human family member. It is important to remember that our animal companions also grieve during these difficult times. When they experience change and loss, they too can feel stress and emotions just like humans. 

As responsible guardians for our animal family members, we need to be aware of the signs of grief and provide them with the support they need. Reiki, an ancient Japanese energy healing technique, is a powerful tool that can help them cope with their grief and find solace during these trying times. 

This article will explore how Reiki can assist our animals in dealing with grief, the warning signs to watch out for, and how we can provide them with the healing comfort they deserve. Remember, grief is a natural part of life that affects both humans and our beloved animal companions. Let’s help them through this difficult time with love and compassion.

Do Animals Understand Loss?

It’s interesting to note that while animals may not fully comprehend the concept of death like we humans do, they possess a remarkable emotional intelligence that allows them to sense the absence of a loved one. This ability to form deep connections often leads to behavioral changes and emotional distress as they mourn their loss. 

You may have even come across some heartwarming photos and videos of dogs patiently waiting for their owners or resting near their gravesites, which serves as a testament to the depth of their grief. 

It’s important that we recognize and acknowledge our animal companions’ grief and offer them the support and comfort they need during this difficult time, just as we would do for fellow human beings.

Recognizing Signs of Grief in Our Animal Family

Animals have their own ways of seeking comfort when they experience loss. They might exhibit changes in their behavior, appetite, or sleep patterns, as a way of expressing their distress and longing for their departed friend. Some animals might even look for their companion’s favorite spots, as if they’re searching for their comforting presence, even though they’re no longer there.

There was a remarkable study conducted in New Zealand in 2016 that revealed dogs and cats can truly feel the weight of grief when they lose a fellow animal friend. It’s heartwarming to see how deeply they feel and react to these losses, and in many ways, their reactions are similar to that of young children when they’re grieving the loss of a family member.

During the mourning and grieving process, our animals may become more demanding of our attention or seek extra affection from us. Some might even vocalize more often, as if they’re trying to express their feelings in their own special way. It’s as if they’re telling us they need some extra love and understanding.

Grieving Behaviors in Animals

The ASPCA conducted a survey back in 1996 that focused on the grieving behaviors of cats. The survey found that many cats experience changes in their vocalizations after losing a companion, which is one of the most common signs of grief in cats. They might do it as a way to communicate their feelings to us.

As their human family members, it’s our responsibility to be there for our beloved companions when they need us the most. By paying attention to these signs, we can provide them with the extra love, understanding, and compassionate care they need. Offering them a safe space to process their emotions can truly make a world of difference as they navigate through their grief. 

Remember, they need that kind of compassionate care, just like we do for our close friends when they’re feeling down. Let’s be there for them, just like they’ve always been there for us with their unconditional love.

Helping Grieving Animal Family Members with Reiki

In times of sorrow, Reiki can be a compassionate aid for both humans and their animal companions. For animals, Reiki sessions provide emotional support, comfort, and a safe space to process their emotions. By restoring energetic balance, reiki helps alleviate stress and anxiety in grieving animals, promoting a sense of peace and well-being.

What is Reiki

Reiki is a gentle and non-invasive approach focused on balancing the life force energy and healing abilities within us. It addresses all aspects of our being – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. By releasing imbalances that contribute to unease, we create an environment for natural self-healing to occur. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to address not only physical but also emotional and spiritual imbalances, making it a valuable tool for coping with grief. Reiki practitioners are attuned to this healing energy and can offer comfort and support during difficult times.

It’s important to acknowledge and process our emotions, especially during times of grief. Reiki therapy can help with this by unlocking repressed emotions and allowing them to be integrated, processed, and released. By tapping into our life force energy, Reiki can help the grieving process flow naturally and prevent emotions from being suppressed. It’s a gentle and non-invasive approach that can provide emotional support and comfort during difficult times.

Reiki Sessions are Safe Spaces

During a Reiki session, it’s common for people and animals to find themselves in a calm and nurturing environment. This space is carefully curated by the Reiki therapist to provide a moment of respite and refuge. Both people and animals can feel safe and supported as they process their grief and seek a reprieve from the overwhelming emotions they might be experiencing. The tranquil atmosphere of a Reiki session can be a valuable tool in helping individuals cope with the grieving process.

Reiki provides a compassionate and non-judgmental space for people and animals to confront their most difficult emotions and get clarity on the dynamics of the relationship they have lost. It is a powerful tool for exploring and embracing the depth of emotions tied to the loss, leading to a path of healing and acceptance.

As Reiki practitioners, our ultimate goal is to provide unwavering support to the humans and animals in our care on their journey to healing from grief. Through Reiki sessions, we can impart the wisdom and understanding that, in moments of overwhelming grief, they can find solace by simply holding their hands over their heart, visualizing themselves surrounded by love and healing energy. This simple yet powerful practice can serve as a loving reminder that healing is possible, and they are never alone on this healing path.

Reiki as a Complement to Veterinary Care

If you have an animal family member that is coping with grief, it’s important to remember that Reiki is not a replacement for traditional veterinary care. Instead, it’s a complementary healing modality that can enhance overall well-being and emotional healing. When combined with veterinary treatment, Reiki can provide an additional layer of support to address the emotional aspects of loss. This can help your animal find their way through the grieving process and ultimately, feel more balanced and at peace.


Grief affects both humans and their animal companions deeply, and navigating through loss requires understanding, empathy, and healing support. Reiki emerges as a valuable tool to cope with grief, offering comfort, emotional healing, and a sense of peace to both you and your beloved pets. By recognizing the signs of grief in animals, seeking the aid of Reiki practitioners, and combining it with veterinary care, we can create a nurturing environment for healing during times of loss. Remember that every individual grieves differently, and patience and compassion are essential in helping our animal companions find their way through the pain of loss. With Reiki’s healing energy, we can provide solace and support to both ourselves and our faithful animal companions as we journey through grief together.

Take the first step towards healing with Reiki. Reach out to Susan J. Squittieri, an experienced Reiki practitioner, to book a session and provide comfort to you and your pets during this challenging time.


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