Losing a pet is a heartbreaking experience, however, grief is a very natural response to losing someone who has shared part of our life. The process of grieving for a pet can be no different than mourning the death of a human. Everybody handles grief differently. There is no right or wrong way to respond to the emotions that you’re experiencing.
- Shock and disbelief
- Difficulty sleeping
- Physical pains like headaches, muscular pain and flu-like symptoms
- Feeling lonely
- Crying, or a reluctance to cry
- Difficulty concentrating on everyday tasks
- Losing motivation in normal interests
- Feeling guilty
Tips for dealing with grief
Grief is not a temporary state of mind. It may take you weeks, months or years to work through all of the emotions, but at some point, you’ll begin to feel better. You’ll find you’re able to experience joy in life again.
Surround yourself with family and friends that understand the special bond you shared with your pet.
Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel. Your grief is your own and you should let yourself feel whatever you feel without judgment or embarrassment.
Reach out to others who have lost a pet and share stories. If you don’t know anyone, you can look at online message boards and pet loss support groups.
Don’t bottle up your feelings. Allow yourself to truly heal by facing your grief and actively dealing with it.
Hold a memorial for your pet as a special way to say farewell and get closure. A funeral service can help you and your family express your feelings openly.
Look after yourself. The stress of losing a pet can deplete your energy and emotional reserves.
Talk to our professional team member at Piepie Pets Memorial at any time you’re finding it difficult to deal with your grief. We’ll always listen and can put you in touch with professional help if you need it.