Grieving the Loss of a Pet – One Day at a Time

Grieving the Loss of a Pet – One Day at a Time

I have so many friends and acquaintances who have recently lost a dog or cat either due to age or unforeseen circumstances. Losing a pet is devastating and it is very important to realize it takes a long time to heal. And we each heal differently and at our own pace.

Our pets are our family


pets (Photo credit: vijairaj)

Our pets are our fur kids. They provide us with companionship, emotional support, and unconditional love. They don’t talk back to you (well sometimes they do!), are always happy to see you and don’t go through their terrible teenage years! There is nothing more comforting than coming home to see your dog wagging his tail or your cat running to the door to greet you.

Given the intense bond we feel for our pets, it is only natural to feel devastated when a pet dies. You may also feel shocked, confused, angry, or have trouble sleeping or even difficulty focusing.

There is no wrong way to grieve

There truly is no right or wrong way to grieve. Some people may not understand the profound feelings you had for your pet, but you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for your beloved baby. The key to coping is to accept your feelings and embrace the emotions you feel. Be with family and friends that understand how your feel. Friends who have never had pets will not get it. 

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