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RIP Brian Griffin, AKA the dog from Family Guy

Brian Griffin from Family GuyYes he was a dog, and a cartoon one at that – but he’ll be much missed. In the episode, which aired last weekend in the U.S, Brian was hit by a car and later died at the vets.

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane is the voice of many of the show’s characters – including the late Brian. So far he hasn’t publicly explained the decision to kill off one of the most popular characters. He has replaced Brian however, with another dog for the family, a poodle.


Lois, Peter and the kids were understandably shocked and upset. So too were many of the cartoon’s fans who had followed the family’s antics for the last 15 years.

Disbelief and shock is a totally normal reaction when someone dies. It can cause people to act in ways they mightn’t normally, such as laughing hysterically.


Dealing with a loss, no matter how big or small, is a personal thing and people deal with it in all manner of ways.

Grief is a process though, and there are ways to help try and manage it. Doing things like accepting how you feel, letting yourself cry and talking to family and friends can make it a little easier.

Talk about it

We can hardly compare the death of a cartoon character (albeit a popular one) with the loss of someone we actually knew. However, Brian’s passing is a good way to help us reflect and talk about death.

Never going to be easy

The death of somebody we’re close to is one of the toughest things we’re likely to go through in our lives. While we can never truly prepare for the loss and grief we’re likely to go through, it’s good to be aware of what it can be like. It can make things a little easier if we do lose someone, or if we need to help a friend after someone dies.

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