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Coping with the Death of a Pet - Understanding Pet Loss Grief by Recover-From-Grief.com

 

It is perfectly understandable for you to be experiencing a serious grief over the death of your beloved pet! And don't let anyone belittle your loss or take away your right to a fitting bereavement. One of the best things you can do to help yourself is come to the realization that although most outsiders don't understand, you are perfectly justified in your deep feelings of grief and loss.

You're Not Crazy, You're Mourning: Grief from the Loss of Your Dog

 

MARCH 25, 2015 GRISHA STEWART (ABBA STAFF)

 

To love a dog is to truly know the meaning of unconditional love. If you were lucky enough to share your life with a dog, especially a ‘soulmate dog’ who has passed or is nearing the end of life, then you also have the flip-side of such a strong relationship: grief. Every experience of grief is unique, so you can’t really be prepared for the loss of your dog.

Coping with Pet Loss: How to Grieve a Pet’s Death in a Healthy Way

Any pet parent who has experienced the death of a pet can attest to the severe emotional toll it takes. In fact, losing a pet affects many people in the same ways losing a human loved one does — sometimes, even more devastatingly. The truth is that it could take months to feel a sense of peace over the loss of a pet, and even then, memories of your departed loved one may still bring a tear to your eye. Still, there are all kinds of healthy ways you can cope with the loss of your pet so you can move through your grief and begin to heal your broken heart. 

 

Fur and Tailfeathers

9 tips to help your pet deal with the loss of another one

Losing a pet is hard for everyone, including our pets.

 

Losing a pet is hard for everyone — including your remaining pet. Whether it’s a dog or a cat, both can show signs of distress after a pet friend dies. We may not know to what degree they “understand“ death but they definitely feel the absence. Some of them don’t show any signs of suffering, some display negative behavior and some show signs of depression. It is very important that you watch your surviving pet closely for any of these signs. That way you may be able to help them better. Everybody mourns in a different way and that includes our pets. Some mourning signs you may see are lethargy, changes in their sleeping pattern, decrease or loss of appetite, lowered water intake, loss of interest in play or physical activities, clinginess and continuously looking for their lost friend. Some of these symptoms may disappear soon, but they may also increase over the weeks or months.

How to Help Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet

Pets are so much more to kids than animals. They’re often their best friends, and some children even view them as their siblings, especially those that have been with them their whole lives. When a pet passes away, it’s a major event in a child’s life, especially if it’s the first time she has dealt with death.  In a perfect world, parents would be able to wave a magic wand and take their children’s anguish away. While easing your child’s heartache obviously isn’t that simple, preparing her for the loss and taking steps to enable her to work through her grief will help her accept and cope with a pet’s death in a healthy, productive way.

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11 Ways To Honor Your Dog’s Memory When They Pass

Bark Post

Anyone who has been through the loss of a beloved dog knows how hard the situation is. Unfortunately, our pooches crossing the Rainbow Bridge is something that happens no matter how much we wish it didn’t. To help with the grieving, you may want to do something special to honor your loyal friend’s memory. Here are some thoughtful ideas.

Dealing with Grief: What is Normal, and What is Complicated Grief?

Skywood Recovery

 

Grief is a normal, often unpleasant emotion that is triggered by a major loss or change. We often associate grief with the loss of a loved one, but grief can be tied to any big change, even changes that we expected to happen.

 

Grief may occur after the death of a loved one, contraction of a serious illness, loss of a job or relationship, or loss of something dear to us, like a pet. Grief is a normal process. However, in some cases, grief may last for an extended period of time or feel like it will not go away. If your grief has not lifted for some time, you may be suffering from prolonged or complicated grief. Counseling and other supports can help.

DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF YOUR COMPANION ANIMAL

So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen ~ of others of my kind ~ passing.

 

Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat.  Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract-clouded eyes.  Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land.

 

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week.  Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just "One more day" with me.  Because I love you so, our sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me.

 

We have NOW, together.  So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes.  What do you see?  If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart.

 

Come to me not as "alpha" or as "trainer" or even "Mom or Dad" come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another's eyes, and talk.

 

I may tell you something about the love I feel for you when I make you happy, or I may tell you something profound about myself or even life in general.

 

You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with.  Someone very different from you, and here I am.

 

I am a dog, but I am alive, I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls.

 

I do not think of you as a "Dog on two feet" - I know what you are.  You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.

 

Now, come sit with me, on the floor.  Enter my world, and let time slow down, if only for 15 minutes.  Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears. 

 

Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self.

 

We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short.

Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously  ScientificAmerican.com

 

How to handle grief after a pet’s death—and why we all need to change our attitudes about it.  By Guy Winch on May 22, 2018

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