Have you ever experienced the loss of a pet?
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
When you get a pet, they become a part of your family and our love for them grows each time you pet them, play with them, care for them, etc. Taking care of your pet(s) and loving them becomes a part of your daily routine.
Many people tend to think of their pet as their best friend and close companion. Losing a loved one is hard, and losing is a pet is a complex kind of grief because we can’t communicate with them before they leave us, or at all. The love we share with our pets is an unspoken kind of love, where you know you love them with all your heart and they know that you are “their human.”
Here are some tips that can help you cope with the grief you face after losing your pet:
Hold a ritual, such as a funeral, in order to honor your pet, the memories you shared and the funny stories that people will have.
Create a legacy for your pet by planting a tree in their memory, create a photo album or some other type of shrine to keep at home with you and your family.
Be sure to look after yourself during this time and be sure that your needs are being met. Lean on those around you who may be experiencing this painful grief as well and just remember that your pet would love to see their human happy.
If you have other pets, be sure to keep their routine as normal as you can, but include some extra loving for them, since they will be hurting too.
If you have ever lost a pet, we know that it is very painful and hard to deal with. But just remember that you are not alone and your feelings are important. Reach out if you need help. Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel. Remember the good times you shared with your pet and talk about them with your loved ones when you can.