As most pet owners can attest, pets are so much more than “just a dog” or “just a cat”. Pets are cherished members of the family. When a death occurs, the loss can be just as painful as the loss of any human family member.
Whether a pet has experienced a long illness, or a sudden tragic event resulting in death, the loss of a pet can be devastating to a pet owner. While everyone’s grief journey is different in both presentation and length and no one can truly understand someone else’s pain, there are certain things you can do to help with the grieving process. Here are some helpful tips for dealing with the death of a beloved pet.
Spend time with others who understand what it means to lose a pet. It can be so easy to withdraw from friends, coworkers and family after going through a loss. However, talking and spending time with other people who have been through a pet loss can be a big help. Not only is being around other people comforting, but it can help make your grief more manageable. Sharing your feelings can help you come to terms with your loss and give you space to reminisce and receive emotional support. A pet loss support group is a good place to start.
Those of us who have lost a pet understand the experience of a sudden loss and the whirlwind of emotions that follow. From anger and shock to disbelief, guilt and sadness. These tough emotions don’t follow a certain timeline as everyone grieves at their own pace. It is important to be prepared to endure difficult feelings for an undetermined amount of time. Being aware of the emotion you are feeling is important to acknowledge and will help in the grieving process.
It’s important to note that the loss of a pet is often worsened because some people might not understand how painful the loss is. They might say, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a pet!” as many people assume that the loss of a pet shouldn’t and even couldn’t hurt as much as the loss of a human. This lack of understanding often makes the death of a pet that much more painful and traumatic. What can help combat this pain? Seeking out the support of others who have lost a pet.
Deceased Pet Care’s Pet Loss Support Group is a virtual support group that is held virtually on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The group is open to anyone who is mourning the loss of a pet and wants to either share their story or simply listen and receive comfort from others who are going through a similar loss.
If you want to learn more about the pet loss support group or Chamblee, GA pet cremation, Deceased Pet Care is here to help.