Remembering Our Pet

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Remembering Our Pet

Remembering our pet can bring smiles instead of sadness, eventually.  For a while, I couldn’t think about my dog without tears and sadness.  As I worked through the grief, however, certain things triggered smiles.  I still miss him so much, but I know he is okay.  I know I will see him again and forever in heaven.  Knowing this helps to bring comfort when I miss his sprightly energy in my day.

There are things we can do to help us in remembering our pets, while we wait our turn to join them in heaven.  Currently, I am writing a short little book with some ideas that people can do.  In the process, I am putting together my own little journal.  This is very therapeutic and it can be for you too.  Here are a few ideas that might be of help.

  • The act of saying good-by can help start the inevitable grieving process on a better note.  If that be possible.  This could be a little “memorial” service.  People think of doing this for the children, but if you are single, don’t write this off.  It can be powerful to be able to speak some words over your friend.  Deciding whether to have a memorial service to help the children will depend on their maturity level, their emotional state and their ability to process the loss.
  • Assembling some of their items, like a favorite toy, collar or piece of their hair and putting them in a display box or designated area in your home.  This may be too difficult to do at first, but keep it in mind.  You’ll know if and when you want to do this.
  • Many find comfort in writing a little poem about their friend.  You can write about specific things you enjoyed about them or what the relationship meant to you, etc.
  • If you have photos of them, maybe put them together in a collage.
  • Sharing with others about your pet can help too.  I would suggest sharing with people who will understand the feelings you have.  Most dog owners will understand all too well.

Remembering Our Pet Can Eventually Bring Smiles Instead Of Pain

Remembering our pet is part of turning that grief into sweet memories, but don’t force it.  We all grieve differently.  We move through the stages at different times.  There is a wide array of emotions to deal with.  Doing some of the things above could be torturous at the beginning of your grief process or they might help.  Which ever way is fine.  You will know when it’s time to start focusing on the sweet memories of your friend.  When the wound is fresh, this can be difficult.  Go at your own pace when remembering your pet.

If you feel comfortable to do so, please share about your pet here.  What is one of the sweetest things you want to remember about your pet? 

 

 

 


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