Getting Past Grief When You Lose A Pet

Losing a pet is hard on anyone. Most families see their pet as one of the children. They give us so much love and affection; we sometimes forget that they are only with us for part of our lives. If you have lost a pet there are ways to get past the grief.

First, when you think about the lost pet, think of the good times. Remember them when they are a puppy and training was all that mattered. Remember the excitement they would have when you have returned home from work. Remember the look in their eye when the can opener came on or they heard the rustle of the dog food bag. Try to forget their last days and whether they suffered or not. Put all that out of your head and remember the good times.

Second, do not sit in your home alone and grieve. Get out and talk with friends and family. It does no one good for you to stare at the empty water bowl or for you to see that torn up Frisbee in the back yard. Get out and visit people you haven’t seen in a long time. The reunion will make the pain of remembering your loss slowly go away.

Keep the memory of your pet alive. Sometimes cremation is an option. This way your pet can still be with you in your home and the memory and love can be shared. Many people move often and it is hard to leave your best friend if they are buried in the back yard. The urn can go with you anywhere.

Don’t replace your friend quickly with another pet. Let the grieving period go through its cycle. You will know when it is time to bring another furry child into your family. The transition will be easier for both you and the new pet.


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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Thank you for writing this. I rated this UP, and 'Beautiful'. Makes me tear up if I were ever to loose my beloved (tan) little dog...his pic is featured in 2 of my Hubs and I probably would "sit in my home alone and grieve", so thank you for the advise for my future.


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Hiccupp 5 years ago

I lost my best friend of 14.5 years 2 years ago and I still miss him. He was found starving in the woods and I took him in. One of the best dogs I ever had.


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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Hiccupp - you are a GREAT "doggie" parent and your dog probably had a WONDERFUL live for 14.5 yrs...NEVER forget that. I can only imagine how hard it is for you, and I know that when that day comes for me, I will never be the same again. I wish they would live 50 yrs, not right...I don't get it.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

It is hard to get over the loss of a pet. When we had to put our beloved pet down, I wrote a hub about him to help get over my grief. Our puppies are like our children. I remember when my daughter use to pack them on her hip just like you would a small tot. It was the cutest thing. Very good advise to help others...thanks!


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland

Thank you for this helpful hub. I have a wonderful dog, she is 41/2 years old. I love her so much and she brings joy to our family. Her love is 100x more to us. I wish she would stay with us forever and i really be in pain without her. Pray she would be healthy always.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Thank you for this hub. My beloved hamster recently passed away. She was even the star of several of my hubs. I miss her very much. It is hard getting over the loss of a pet, but it is possible.


Eva 5 years ago

I love this! I encourage all pet owners to purchase cremation jewelry in remembrance of their pet. Jewelry Keepsakes has some beautiful pieces http://www.jewelrykeepsakes.com/ but there are a lot of great sites out there. Terrific option for those with kids!


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

This is solid advice for anyone who has lost a beloved pet. Packing that water dish away is hard, but dkrainwater is right-it's harder to keep staring at it day after day. Thanks for some commonsense tips to get me back on track.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Thank you for sharing your advice on what to do when you lose a pet, in regards to grief. I do not look forward to the day when it will be time... I am sure this will help others as well.

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