Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss
It’s never easy to lose someone that you love. Pet loss can be felt deeply and for many years. When you have a companion that is by your side for years, it can be hard to cope with their passing. Some people, mostly non pet parents, like to marginalize your loss. They’ll say things like, “Well, at least it wasn’t your parents, or child…” and they may think that they are being helpful by putting things in “perspective” for you; in reality your pet was a member of the family and the pain from their death is real. Pet bereavement is a valid emotion. When you suffer from pet loss, you don’t have to be alone in your grief, however, there are ways to get help in your time of bereavement.
Let your emotions flow: Don’t let anyone downgrade your grief. You have a right to your feelings and working through the emotions is the only way to really get through it. There are five main stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. You may go through some or all of these, and it’s important to allow yourself to mourn the loss of your beloved pet in a healthy and open way.
Ceremonies: Often people find solace in rituals during a times of stress. Having a funeral or spreading their ashes can be a cathartic part of the healing process. Make sure to talk to your vet about cremation options. Also, creating a memorials can help you find closure and even peace in their passing. You don’t have to do anything fancy, even finding a nice rock and using paint pen to mark their name on it for your garden can be enough to ease your heartache.
Reach out: Find a friend or family member you can talk to and share memories or funny stories. There are also a lot of resources online where you can connect with other people who have recently lost their pets. Here are a few links you may want to check out if you need some extra support. Once you’re feeling up to it, you may also want to check with your local shelter or pet rescue and volunteer. Helping others is always good for the soul.
Whether it is expect or sudden, losing your pet is hard. It’s a time of great heartache and emptiness. They become such a part of our daily routines that their absence is almost glaring once they are gone. Going through pet bereavement is a process that’s different for everyone. You don’t have to be alone during this time, however, as pet parents we all understand and feel the same pain when our pets pass on. Make sure to use the resources at hand to help you when you need it and don’t forget celebrate their life and their memory every chance you get.