Coping with the loss of a beloved pet is a profound and difficult experience. When I lost my cat, Spock, (who I’d had since high school) after 19 years, I was beside myself.
Pets can be viewed as a best friend, child, sibling or long-term companion, and while there is no easy way to grieve a pet’s loss, there are some ways that might help the grieving process.
Do not try to ignore the sadness; hiding your emotions, experts say, only delays the grief process.
Most pet parents blame themselves, because they feel responsible for their pet’s life. It’s a normal step in the grief process and remember that you did everything you could to give them the best life.
While there are people who might say, “Just get another dog or cat,” pet parents understand that doing so is not that easy, because the bond they formed with their pet is strong. Only you will know if/when the time is right.
Experts say keeping a journal or scrapbook allows “unfiltered thoughts and feelings” to be expressed.
Also, it’s good to hold a ceremony. In fact, gathering friends or family to talk about memories of your beloved pet helps in the healing process, according to Everyday Health.
Creating a memorial is also a way to express your love for your pet, but experts say that after a while, if it keeps your grief too raw, put it away.
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