Coping with the loss of a beloved pet can be difficult. For some, our pets are like our children and are an important part of the family. The passing of a pet can be as difficult as losing human loved one. Here are three tips for helping us cope with the loss of a beloved pet.
- Give yourself the time you need to process and grieve this loss in the same way you would grieve the loss of another family member. There is no right or wrong time for this process, and no right or wrong way to grieve.
- It is not uncommon to experience guilt when a pet dies, especially if the decision had to be made to put the pet to sleep. This can be one of the most difficult decisions for a pet parent to make. Instead of focusing on the guilt or remorse over the decision, try to remember the bond you shared with your pet.
- Consider having a memorial service or other kind of ritual to say goodbye to your pet. The funeral ritual serves a purpose for the living: to help us say goodbye to the loved one who has passed. The same is true for pets.
Giving yourself time to grieve the loss of your pet is okay, and it is okay to cry and to feel sad. If, however, these feelings persist, reach out to a friend or colleague. In case you need more support, give us a call.
Peace ~ sjv