Pet Mourning - What To Do and Say When Someone Close To You Has Lost A Pet
Has someone close to you recently lost a pet and now they are going through a period of pet mourning?
We know that this can be a difficult time for all pet lovers, because we have been there before. If you have never owned a pet, then chances are, you do not know how bad it feels when a pet dies. The animal is practically a family member.
Tips to help support your friend or family member:
- First of all, when you see your friend or family member crying over the pet, you should not make fun of them.
- Never tell them that it was just a pet, because that can be an upsetting statement and is rude to say.
- Let the individual know that you will be there for them whenever they need you.
- Feel free to care for them in order to let them know that you care. This means you can cook for them and bring them food. Believe it or not, during this period, the individual forgets to eat or drink and this can cause them to collapse. I've seen this happen on several occasions.
- Do not suggest they replace the pet immediately. Not only is that an insensitive and unhealthy suggestion, but it may result in angering your loved one and them rightfully not wanting you around.
Did you know that the loss of a loved pet can cause deep depression? When we lose our beloved pet, the grieving process can be similar to the loss a human loved one. So you will need to be there for your friend or family member.
Make sure you speak with your friend or family member about the pet. During this time, use the pet's name as much as possible and talk about the illness that led to the death of the pet.
You should understand that pet mourning is something that many individuals have to do at some point in their lives. Sometimes, people have to deal with grieving over the loss of multiple pets as they tend to live much shorter lives than people do.
As time passes, things will get easier as time heals all wounds. However, the memory of the pet is never going to be forgotten.
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