Helpguide.org gave us some great advice on how to cope with the death of our four legged family member. Death is a part of life and we all will be faced to deal with it at some point in our lives. The death of a dog is just as hard as any other family member. According to the article on Helpguide.org:
Given the intense bond most of us share with our animals, it’s natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness when a pet dies. While some people may not understand the depth of feeling you had for your pet, you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend. Instead, use these healthy ways to cope with the loss, comfort yourself and others, and begin the process of moving on.
On the next page you will find some tips for coping with the grief of your loved one.