5 Things To Do When Your Pet Dies: Coping with pet death can be a difficult and overwhelming time. It is a common misconception that pet loss is not as significant as human loss, because the pet was only ‘a pet’. However, pets are often viewed by their owners as an integral member of the family and losing them causes immense heartbreak.
Here are five things you can do after losing your pet:
One of the most important things to do when you lose a pet is to acknowledge your grief – grieve for your pet. It is also important that you allow yourself to experience all of your emotions surrounding their death – from anger, denial or guilt to sadness and emptiness. This will help resolve the intense pain associated with their death.
Listen to pet loss audio books or allow yourself to watch pet loss videos. Sometimes hearing other’s experiences can make you feel less alone when you are grieving.
Make a memory album and fill it with your pet’s photos, their collar, their pet tag, maybe even a photo of their paw prints. Creating a memory album will allow you to come to terms with your loss.
Give back. Volunteer at an animal shelter, donate supplies or do something positive that will honour your pet’s life. This is very therapeutic as it brings meaning to their untimely death, while allowing you to honour their memory.
Write pet loss poems when you feel ready – This can be very therapeutic and healing. Writing pet loss poems allows you to express all of the emotions you are feeling, while releasing any pent up pain, anger or guilt.
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Remember – there is no right or wrong way to grieve and we all grieve differently.
I hope that this article will be of benefit to those of you who have lost your pets.