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Coping With the Loss of a Pet 2018-05-02T18:25:47+00:00

Pet Loss — Coping With the Loss of a Pet

When you lose an animal companion, you will feel a wide variety of emotions.

Sometimes the intensity of these emotions can be surprising, and they may subside after a period of time only to resurface again.

The period of recovery from pet loss is different for every person.

Anyone who has experienced the loss of a pet knows that the bond between humans and animals can be extremely strong.

In fact, science has confirmed this. That’s why the grief you may experience with the loss of a pet can be just as intense as what you feel when you lose a human you are close to.

To make matters worse, pet owners are often forced to decide if a pet’s deteriorating health calls for euthanizing the animal. This can add a layer of confusion to the many emotions we feel during this difficult time.

We’ve put together information, tips and strategies to help you, and those who loved your pet come to terms with the loss.

Helpful Tips for Coping

Accept that what you are feeling is normal:

Being aware of these emotional shifts can help you understand that what you are feeling is completely normal. To learn more about the Five Stages of Grief click here

Allow yourself to grieve:

Don’t minimize your grief. The loss of a pet can spark deep feelings of grief. Everyone experiences loss differently so there’s no reason to expect specific behaviors.

Reach out:

Turning to a family member, friend, clergy, or support group may give you an outlet for expressing your feelings.Do not hesitate to contact Lee Funeral Home professionals if your grief is overwhelming you. Your veterinarian may also be able to provide a list of possible places to turn for help.

Create a ritual:

Today many people turn to pet funerals as part of the grieving process. While you may not want a full-blown funeral ceremony, creating a ritual may help you say goodbye and offer comfort and closure. Your ritual can be as simple or as complex as you like.

Memorialize your pet:

Creating a lasting memorial of the time you and your pet spent together helps many people deal with their grief. Some of the most popular ways are to create a special photo album, find a special spot for your pet’s remains, or to have a special burial spot.

Give yourself a break:

There is no need to put yourself on a grief timetable. You should take care of yourself by eating right and getting enough rest. Taking care of your physical and emotional needs will help you heal more quickly.

Acquiring a New Pet after the Death of a Pet:

Some people find it helpful to quickly replace their animal. Others prefer to wait or never get another animal at all. Either way, the decision is up to you and your family. No one should feel disloyal to the memory of their pet for wanting another one. And, just as acquiring your pet was a family decision, so should be replacing your pet.

  • Accept that what you are feeling is normal

    Being aware of these emotional shifts can help you understand that what you are feeling is completely normal.

  • Allow yourself to grieve

    Don’t minimize your grief. The loss of a pet can spark deep feelings of grief. Everyone experiences loss differently so there’s no reason to expect specific behaviors.

     

  • Reach out

    Turning to a family member, friend, clergy, or support group may give you an outlet for expressing your feelings.Do not hesitate to contact Lee Funeral Home professionals if your grief  is overwhelming you. Your veterinarian may also be able to provide a list of possible places to turn for help.

     

  • Create a ritual

    Today many people turn to pet funerals as part of the grieving process. While you may not want a full-blown funeral ceremony, creating a ritual may help you say goodbye and offer comfort and closure. Your ritual can be as simple or as complex as you like.

     

  • Memorialize your pet

     

    Creating a lasting memorial of the times you and your pet spent together helps many people deal with their grief. Some of the most popular ways are to create a special photo album, find a special spot for your pet’s remains, or to have a special burial spot.

     

  • Give yourself a break

     

    There is no need to put yourself on a grief timetable. You should take care of yourself by eating right and getting enough rest. Taking care of your physical and emotional needs will help you heal more quickly.

     

  • Acquiring a New Pet

    Some people find it helpful to  replace their animal. Others prefer to wait or never get another animal at all. Either way, the decision is up to you and your family. No one should feel disloyal to the memory of their pet for wanting another one. Just as acquiring your pet was a family decision, so should be replacing your pet.

     

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Creating a Lasting Memorial

Loss of a pet doesn’t mean you have to lose the memories.

Many people find that creating a special memorial can help in coping with the loss of a pet because it helps you hold on to the memories and provide a lasting tribute to your pet.

Here are just a few ways you can memorialize your pet:

  • Hold a funeral or memorial ceremony.
  • Plant a tree in your pet’s memory.
  • Post an online memorial or obituary.
  • Create a special place in your garden with a garden stone or marker infused with your pet’s ashes.
  • Find a spot in your home to display a special urn with your pet’s ashes.
  • Have your pet’s ashes encased in a piece of memorial jewelry or have a diamond or gemstone made.
  • Donate in your pet’s name to an organization that helps animals.

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead may make the process of grieving the loss of a pet a bit easier.

It will also give you time to weigh your options and avoid having to make complex decisions at an emotional time.

When the time actually comes, knowing what to expect, what your options are, and how you should proceed will allow you to move more quickly through the process of grieving rather than having to focus on the details that come after the death of a pet.

This can be overwhelming. If you feel like you need help, feel free to ask. There are many people who have experienced similar losses who can provide support and advice.

And by all means, allow yourself to grieve.

Talk with your veterinarian about:

  • What to expect during your pet’s last days.
  • How to help your pet remain comfortable.
  • What your options are,  should it be necessary to consider euthanasia.
  • What type of support services they offer.

Remember that the loss of a pet is a significant life event, particularly if the pet has been with your family for a long time.

You may be required to handle your own grief as well as help others in your family handle theirs.

As in any emotional journey, there are rough spots to be weathered, and moments when you catch a glimpse of a sunnier horizon. We want to be your daily companion, helping you to let the sun shine back into your life. These daily emails provide encouragement and gentle reminders of the recovery process.

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