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.