You Are Not Alone: The Loss Of a Loved Pet
It is natural to feel devastated after the loss of a pet. Pets become more than "just a dog" or "just a cat" they become family and offer so much to their humans.
The pain of loss can often feel overwhelming. While not everyone is able enough to understand the depth of love feeling you had for your furever pet, you should have every right to grieve for an animal family member.
Everyone responds to loss in their own ways and grief is an individual path and so are the circumstances of death. Unfortunately, experiencing loss is an inevitable part of owning a pet, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain, come to terms with your grief, and when the time is right, perhaps even open your heart to another animal companion.
What is grief ?
While experiencing grief is difficult, there are ways to move forward after the loss of a pet. Trying to move past your grief by embracing your memories of your pet is one way to start the healing process.
It is also helpful to reach out to a therapist to discuss your feelings.
The grieving process
This is a gradual process, and feeling shocked or lonely after the loss of a pet, is normal and ok. Don't let others tell you how to feel and reach out people who have also lost a furbaby in recent years.
It's important that you look out for yourself during this process too. The grief of losing a pet can quickly deplete your energy and emotional well-being.
Tips to helping yourself heal
Stay connected with friends
Boost your energy with healthy food & exersice
Find joy in your life
Create a legacy for your pet
Don't be afraid to seek professional help
Helping kids grieve a pet
Do not rush their process
Let your child see your grief
Reassure your child
Allow the child to hold a memorial service