Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

The pain of losing a beloved pet can be just as intense as losing a friend or family member. After all, our pets become part of the family.
When a pet dies, you lose a friend and the comforting presence of a loving companion. 

We'll share with you some tips that can make it just a little easier.

Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

It's important to remember that the pain you’re feeling is an expression of the love you have for your pet, and the oppressive realization that death has created a void in your life.
Slow things down, give yourself time to work through the grief. 
Take time off from work, if necessary. Reach out to people who understand how much you cared for your pet.

Allow yourself time to grieve.

Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

Don’t be surprised if you experience a loss of appetite, have trouble sleeping, or feel unmotivated. Those are natural reactions to the grieving process.
Get the nutrients you need to stay healthy, and don’t underestimate the importance of sleep. 
Do some light reading or meditate before going to bed.
Take part in activities you enjoy.
Give your mind and body a break from the pain you’re feeling.

Address your physical needs

Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

Verbalize your feelings.
If you have children, encourage them to tell your pet how much he meant to them.
It can be a healthy way to engage in emotional sharing.

Closure – honor your beloved pet

Remember, the sorrow that you are feeling is perfectly valid and needs to be expressed. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. 

Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

If there’s an activity or daily routine you find reassuring, don’t neglect it. Anything that brings peace and spiritual reassurance at a time of profound loss should be embraced.
It could be anything, from reading something, to watching a TV program or movie you find emotionally uplifting. 
Exercise also has therapeutic value when you’re hurting, as it activates endorphins that produce a natural euphoric feeling.

Practice a calming activity

Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

Consider waiting until you have the energy and motivation to become a pet parent once again. 
Grief is one of the strongest of all emotions and it needs an outlet, so don’t dismiss the need to grieve when a much-loved pet dies.

Getting a new pet

Pets often have a powerfully-emotional hold on us, so don’t feel odd or uncomfortable about grieving over your loss or about asking for help with your grief.

Coping with the Loss of a Pet

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