The decision of whether or not to euthanize a beloved companion animal can be a very emotional time in your life. The grieving process can be further complicated and intensified by the nature of the circumstances surrounding the death of your pet, especially related to euthanasia. Unlike in cases where pets are lost to natural causes, you may have to make the decision to euthanize a pet due to their being chronically ill or severely injured. Taking part in euthanizing a pet can be a painful or difficult decision to make, and can trigger feelings of guilt and sometimes depression, despite the fact that euthanasia is designed to be a humane procedure for the animal. While the decision is ultimately yours to make sharing your feelings in relation to your decision can be healing.