How to cope with the Grief of your lost pet
Pet isn’t just an animal for all people. As time passes by, we create an intimate bond and it becomes a family member. Be it a dog or cat or any other pet animal, it gives meaning to our life in different ways. Hence losing it can create an emotional havoc depending upon the person. It is hard but life has to go on. Here are a few tips which can help you to cope up with it.
- Express your emotions – Don’t be afraid to express your emotions. If you want to cry, it’s OK. That’s a normal reaction when we feel grief. It doesn’t matter whether it was about a person or an animal but when emotions are genuine, trying to bury it will only cause problems later on. Don’t let others dictate how you should feel. You know yourself better than anyone. And since you had deep ties with your animal, only you’ll understand the bond.
- Accept the death – Most of us have hard time when we lose something precious to us. Death is an aspect of life which, though it puts us through a grief, is unavoidable. Hence the sooner the acceptance of the death, sooner you’ll be able to cope up and begin your normal life routine. It indeed is hard when you lose your pet with which, everyday you spent time with, played with…. But if you won’t accept, then you can’t move forward and will be stuck in the grief stage for a longer period.
- Creating a memorial helps in accepting death – If you’ll hold a memorial, then it gives you the opportunity to express your emotions. For kids, it is especially important as; death of a pet is perhaps, the first experience for them of death that surrounds us. Involve the kids in memorial, burying the pet so that, they can be part of the process and feels bonded. You can visit Loving Companion Memorials to purchase a headstone for your dear pet.
- Give more attention to other pets (if any) – One other way to cope is, divert your attention to other pets if you have any. It creates a positive vibe even amidst gloomy circumstances. More often than not, while in grief of one of the pet, we tend to get detached from others and hence unconsciously start to neglect them. By attending more to them, we can change the center of our attention which will benefit in, giving more care to rest of the pets including making it easier to cope up with the grief.
- Find a support group – Support groups are constituted by people who face similar experiences and try to share so that coping mechanism gets easier with each and every giving support to each other. By this, you’ll be able to express your grief to a more suitable audience who are in similar boat as you who have lost their dear pets and hence, can understand your feelings better than anyone. Be it online or meeting up people personally, these support groups can help you a lot since you’ll be able to learn experiences from others.
- Seek professional help if needed: even after this, if you feel you are still at trouble after months trying to cope with it, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.