“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” ~ Anatole France
They give us unconditional love. They are our friends, confidantes, companions, etc. They are often there for us when our human contacts fail or abandon us. So it is no wonder that we feel a great loss when they are suddenly gone from our lives forever. We are talking about pets. And as everyone who has ever lost one knows, losing one can be just as traumatic as losing a family member. That is why the grieving process is similar. Though it may be difficult to fully heal from the death of a pet, there are resources out there that can help. There are also these tips that can help you cope with the loss.
- Don’t be afraid to release your emotions: Give yourself time to vent your feelings in your own manner. Accept the fact that mourning may take some time and that after you express your feelings you will begin to feel better over time.
- Get the support you need: Try turning to friends and family members to help support you during your time of mourning. If the pain is too great there are professionals who can counsel you after the loss of a pet. Don’t be afraid to reach out to one of them if necessary.
- Make sure you continue to meet your basic needs: Oftentimes people who are grieving the loss of a loved one can get into the habit of neglecting their basic needs. For example, people can sometimes lose their appetite or lose sleep as a result of their loss. Try to maintain your regular sleep schedule and don’t neglect your dietary needs.
- Memorialize the memory of your pet: Successfully overcoming the feelings of loss over a loved one does not mean forgetting that person (or pet) ever existed. Seeking to memorialize a lost pet may be the perfect way to get closure and a wonderful way to say goodbye if you did not get the chance prior to its passing. We make memorial tree plaques as well as engraved memorial plaques that are appropriate in helping you to show your eternal devotion to your pet.
- Reflect upon the life shared between yourself and your pet: Take some time to reflect upon the positive experiences you spent with your beloved pet. This can eventually help you experience a more positive and uplifting set of emotions.
Finally, as you grieve remember that there is a path forward. The journey begins when you allow yourself to grieve in a healthy manner and when you begin to feel gratitude for the blessings that the relationship between you and your pet brought you.