Gerard Wilczewski
Gerard Wilczewski voted up Anonymous' answer

Be sympathetic and patient and give them time.  Everyone needs a different amount of time.  When my dog died in 2008 i grieved for three months then got another dog.  It helped me somewhat to understand my dog was a dog and not human and that he would die before me so i could be … Read more

Gerard Wilczewski
Gerard Wilczewski voted up Tom Jackson's answer

Here's the text of the poem Rooster is referring to:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. … Read more