The loss of a pet can be very painful. But, what makes it even worse is that outsiders may understand very little of your grief. Here are some things you should know to help you cope with your loss:
- When we lose a pet, we also lose the unconditional love it was always ready to provide, a protégé, a “life witness”, multiple relationships and routines, and a primary companion.
- Your grief may be made more complicated by guilt, euthanasia, circumstances surrounding the loss, expectations, reawakening of an old loss, and resistance to mourning.
- Help yourself grieve by being patient and kind with yourself, finding an ally, conducting an overview of your pet’s life, engaging in rituals, dispossing of possessions gradually, and memorializing your pet.
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