It’s one of the cruelest tricks of nature: our pets rarely outlive us. Many of us had our first experiences with loss when our beloved childhood pet died and some of us are going through the loss of a pet right now.
It’s always hard when a loyal, innocent companion dies, but here are some tips for coping with pet loss in your life.
Helpful Tips on How to Deal with the Loss of a Pet
Allow yourself to grieve fully. Some people may believe that it’s not necessary to fully grieve the loss of a pet, but your emotions are your own and if you are feeling the loss of your beloved pet deeply, then that’s okay. Don’t let anyone else tell you what or how to feel on any given day after your loss.
Surround yourself with loved ones. The people who love you the most will be there for you and support you through thick and thin, no matter how you cope with the loss of your pet. Plus, if they see you developing unhealthy habits due to your grief, they will let you know. Their honesty and support are so incredibly valuable to you while you’re in a state of grief.
Memorialize your pet. There are a variety of ways that you can remember your pet fondly. You can create a memorial garden using the cremains or you can have a custom made urn designed to hold their ashes. There are also many pet urns that are already created to choose from that could perfectly represent your pet. Whatever you do to memorialize your pet, make sure it is positive and will constantly remind you of the good times you had with your cat, dog or other pet.
Don’t be afraid to seek help. Just because you are grieving the loss of a pet instead of a human does not make your grief any less real. If you feel yourself sinking into a deep state of depression, seek help. No good therapist would ever judge you for feeling the way that you feel and they will work hard to help you out of your slump and into a positive frame of mind.
Don’t replace your pet immediately. While you may feel the need to replace your grief with joy by getting another dog or cat right away, allow yourself time to heal. Most grief counselors recommend that you not adopt a new pet while still grieving the recently deceased one. Complete your course of grief before you bring home a new little bundle of fun.
Coping with pet loss is always a difficult process and just takes time. We have other resources available to help aid in the process of dealing with grief.