Coping with the Loss of Your Beloved Pet
The loss of a pet can be as devastating, and in some cases more so, than the loss of a human loved one.
As a pet sitter and dog walker, I take care of many client's pets. I love them as if they are my own pet. Over the past three years, I have had to say goodbye to quite a few animals. It is never an easy thing to cope with. I cry and grieve, just as I would for my own pet.
People grieve in many different ways.You can experience different emotions like, anger, sadness, depression, denial, and then eventually, acceptance and peace.
How to Cope with Losing a Pet
- Allow yourself to cry. Bottling up your emotions is not good for you, and you will feel sad forever. Forget all that mumbo jumbo that you're not supposed to mourn an animal as much as you would a person. There was a bond that you cherished, and no matter the nature of the bond, it is missed.
- Tell your friends about the loss. You might send out a mass e-mail, but not to everyone in your address book. Send it to those who know you well, and care about you. You will receive many responses that let you know others loved and appreciated your pet and will validate your feelings.