For many people, their pet is one of their best friends. Whether you own a cat, dog, horse, bird or even a rabbit, it’s not unusual to feel like they’re one of the main members of your family. Because of this, coping with the loss of a pet can be harder than many people realize. When you’ve gotten used to having your pet there with you every day, losing them to illness or old age can be devastating. Whether you have recently lost your pet or are dealing with a pet who’s suffering from an illness and preparing yourself for the worst, it’s a good idea to understand the different stages of grief you are likely to experience and how to best cope with them.
When you first lose your pet, it’s normal to feel absolutely devastated. Whether you’ve had your pet for all of their life or have been their owner for just a few years, losing your best non-human friend can be a terrible time. If you feel like you have to cry or just want to be on your own for a while to grieve, rest assured that this is totally normal and you shouldn’t feel bad for crying or mourning the loss of a pet.
Once the initial shock and upset of losing your pet has passed, you may experience denial over the death of your pet. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself calling their name or filling up their food bowl in the morning, as after all, you have been used to doing this for some time and it will take a while to adjust. During this time, it may be a good idea for you to get something special to remember your pet by so that you feel like they are still with you, for example custom made diamonds which can be created using the ashes of your precious friend.
After a while, you’ll find that you become more accustomed to life without your pet and it will be easier to accept that they are gone. During this time, you’ll probably still miss your pet from time to time, however, it’ll get easier to do the things that you’d normally do with them, for example going for walks without your dog. You may still feel sad from time to time when you think about your beloved pet, but you’ll also find yourself remembering the happy times that you had together and looking through old photographs with a smile. This may also be a great time to get a new pet if you feel that you are ready – although a new pet will never be able to replace the one which you have lost, you can definitely get a lot of joy and happiness from a new animal friend in your life.
Losing a pet can be really devastating, as often, our pets are some of our very best friends. Knowing how to deal with the stages of grief after saying goodbye to a beloved pet can help make the process a little bit easier.