The Pain Of Losing A Pet Can Be Intense

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Many Know The Pain Of Losing A Pet Can Be Intense

The pain of losing a pet can be so intense, yet not always understood by all.  If you are a dog owner or have a strong bond with even a non-traditional pet, you know the loss can be as strong as any other loss you’ve had in your life.

In our lifetime, we will experience many losses.  It is just part of this current world.  When we choose to bring a special pet into our life, we know that it is likely we will have to say good-bye to them in our lifetime as they only are with us for a few years at best.  That doesn’t mean we dwell on that, but rather our goal is provide them love in their life as they enrich ours in the time we have with them.

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When that time comes though, it can be one of the toughest things to grieve.

 

 

The Process Of Grieving Your Beloved Pet

There is certainly a process that people go through when grieving a beloved pet.  The grieving process is similar whether a pet, human or even grieving the loss of an ideal or non-tangible sometimes.  It is generally not advisable to avoid the grieving process.  It is something that you must walk through.  I say that as many times, it is our tendency to avoid pain at all cost.  No amount of ignoring will reverse the loss and your subconscious knows that.

As you work through the stages, which may include, but are not limited to, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and eventually acceptance, you will begin to feel yourself coping better.  You may go back and forth between phases.  There may be times when the loss feels overwhelming.  It may even seem like no one around you understands the pain you feel from the loss of your dog or pet.   Your friend was part of your daily routine, which can make this loss feel stronger than other losses you may have in life.  Many times in your day, which included your friend, will remind you that she or he is no longer there.

There are things to help you through this process.  Some you may want to do right away, but some you may have to wait until you feel emotionally able to do.

  1.  Talk to someone.  The first thing that can be helpful is simply to talk with someone who understands how the pain of losing a pet can be intense.  I’d venture to guess that most dog owners know this all too well.  Although, everyone can grieve a little differently depending on their personality, their history and where they are emotionally in their life at the time.   You can talk to people online too at petloss.com.
  2.  Having a memorial service whether with your family, a friend or alone can still be helpful.  It is a chance for you to say good-bye for now formally.  Even writing some final words to your pet and placing it in the grave with them or urn.
  3. Planting a special garden around their grave.  Even placing a special weather proof box on the grave site with their favorite toys or items inside and a photo.  If that site is not in your yard, maybe you’d rather have that display box inside in a special part of the  house.
  4. Write your feelings down, even daily in a journal or when you remember something special about your dog.  Not with tears necessarily, but with that special memory you have.  Yes, tears may come when you are writing and that’s okay.  There will come a time when they will simply be a sweet memory and can even bring a smile.

The grief process does take time.  Nothing will replace your special friend, but intense pain will subside with time.  Be sure to take care of yourself through the process.  Be aware that others in the house may be experiencing grief too, even other pets.  As you move through your grief, you can help others as well.

I know the pain of losing a pet can be intense.  It certainly was with me.  I finally had to know if God said anything at all in His word that would reassure me that my special canine friends would be in heaven.   That is when I embarked on the journey of finding out.  I was amazed at what I found.  If you want this reassurance, I wrote down what I discovered.  You can get the book here.  I know the pain in losing a pet can be intense and I believe this short book will relieve some of the grief in your heart today.


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