Losing a pet could have a serious and painful effect on us. For the vast majority of people in this world, their pet is their best friend or even their soul mate. They rather prefer the company of their pets, than of the other people. It’s obvious why. A pet does not judge you, loves you unconditionally, and makes you happier. Unfortunately, there are sad moments in life when we are forced to say goodbye to these beautiful souls.
No matter how someone loses their pet, it is very important to take care of how we handle this situation. In reality, many do not understand the intensity of an event like this. It can even be compared to the loss of a loved one in the family or a friend.
Losing a pet – Why it hurts so much
You would never expect to be so saddened by the loss of your pet. These are some of the main reasons why are you feeling so sad:
- You lost an unconditional love: most of the relationships we have with other people leave us with insecurities and anxiety. A pet would never express such feelings to you. It will love you unconditionally, whoever you are and whatever you do.
- You lost a “life witness”: pets do not live very long compared to humans. But as long as they live, they are a big part of our lives. They are there with us and observes our victories, weaknesses, and losses. We choose to share these moments with them.
- You lost your routine: with their loss, you must say goodbye to the daily walks, the feeding activity, and all the activities that concerned them. These activities were part of your life.
Ways to cope with the grieving
It is not a shame to feel the need to mourn your pet. We are humans, we have feelings that must be expressed. The loss of a loved one can seriously affect us if we do not take care of ourselves. Here are some ways you can do this:
- Be kind to yourself: this is the first step to healing. Process the pain you feel and accept it. The loss can be really painful and can bring out strong feelings and memories that hurt you. Accept that what happened is something you can’t control and don’t blame yourself.
- Talk about how you feel: if you feel the need to talk, find the right person and tell him everything you are thinking. Whether it’s about memories, about what the pet liked to do, just let it out. You will feel better after that.
- Do a commemoration ceremony: if that’s what you feel you need to do, do it. It’s a beautiful way to remember your pet in a nice way.
- Memorialize your pet: many people plant a tree to always remind them of their pet. It is a tribute to them.
Losing our pets could have a serious and painful effect on us. However, it can be a long process but don’t ignore it or try to avoid it. We have to take care of ourselves and our feelings. In addition, a pet must always remind us of the purity and beauty of the moments spent with them.