A look at the grieving process
The process of grieving for your pet looks different from person to person. Some people may cry frequently. Others may repeatedly look at pictures of their pets. Still others feel comfortable just “going on with life.” There is no one right way or way to grieve the loss of a pet.
There are many common scenarios when it comes to pet grief.
My pet died and I can’t stop crying
Crying is a common reaction to loss, whether it be the loss of a friend, family member, job, home, or even a pet. You may find that tears start flowing for any number of reasons, including:
- Every time you walk where their food bowl was once
- The daily walking time is approaching
- Every time you open an empty house door and expect them to welcome you
- The date on the calendar indicates your vet appointment
- Seeing the empty box, box or bed
Anything can make you cry, especially when you remember the special times the two of you spent together.
It can be hard—and maybe even feel impossible—to believe, but eventually, your pain will become less severe, and you’ll stop crying. The time frame varies from person to person. It may take days, weeks, or even months. Be patient with yourself. It’s your sadness and you can’t rush it.
I feel sad, shocked and lonely
Grief, shock, and loneliness are all very normal reactions to loss – whether it is the loss of a person or a pet. This is especially true when the loss is for someone who has always been by your side. The feelings you feel are not ashamed of.
I feel guilty
Some pet caregivers feel guilty, especially if they have to make difficult decisions about end-of-life care and treatment. Remember that what you feel is a normal response, and more often than not, depending on the situation, there is usually nothing you can do to prevent the death of your animal companion.
“I remember making a video of my son saying goodbye to our cat, Katie. Being grateful for having her in his life since kindergarten. When he was 24, he celebrated her life with gratitude. Therapy can be an outlet through which we can get support after the death of a pet “.