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Coping with the death of a pet

Updated on March 18, 2008

It is not the easiest thing to do and depends on the cause.

For instance my grandson's cat had a tumor and they took it to the vet for a evaluation and to help them make the correct decision for the cat. He was like 12 yrs.old ( the cat) and it came about that the vet put him to sleep right then and there.

It was heart breaking and my grandson became very angry and cried and yelled at his dad....And he was allowed to vent his hurt and anger and his dad just mostly listened, although his own heart was hurting..One minute you are here and the next you are gone.

Death of anything is a harse and difficult lesson..pet or not. This one was not buried in the yard..but a cross was placed in memory of him..and the motions of just that helped.

It all depends on who you are, how attached you are and the reason why?

I have a grave yard in my backyard..for the pets I lost and planted Lillies to grow there.

Animals are so special and it feels like family and so we can become very upset, but do remember they don't have the life span as humans do.and although it sounds weird..you can replace them easier than a human. Adoption is a rewarding way.

Another thought is that this could be part of the teaching from God about death...caring..hurting...losing something you love...everything happens for a reason....and I feel sad for anyone who has never had a pet.

Anyway I think you pretty much cope ; like you would basically with death; as you have experienced it. Not fun :o( G-Ma :o) hugs

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    • Barbsbitsnpieces profile image

      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      7 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @G-Ma Johnson...Losing pets is a sad affair, indeed. But having them in the first place is the lasting joy!

      My current rescue is a Border Terrier mix full of love and a lover of the lap, which spells unbeatable companionship!

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 

      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      G-Ma,

      My 2 dogs are the majority of my family. I know it will be tough to let them go when that time comes. I have faith that they will be around for a good while yet. They were older when we got them, so do not really know how old one of them is. I have planted my share of my pets and quite a few for other people. The flower garden is a great idea. Thanks for the hub.

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