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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
–Roger Caras

Grief is one of the strongest emotions we can express. It extends to anyone we love and lose, including our pets. Some people struggle with the complexity of feelings, especially those with animal companions. We never truly stop missing the ones we love, but we can learn to live around their loss. Here’s how you can process and find peace from the loss of a pet.

Stages of grief

When you accept loss, you free yourself to reminisce instead of being stuck in painful thoughts. Death is a major part of life–facing it and learning to cope with the loss of a pet is a strategy and process.

Animal activists at the Humane Society explains that grief is an individual process that can last for days or even years. The emotional process includes:

  • Denial: that your pet is deceased
  • Negotiate: with a higher deity
  • Anger: towards anyone involved with the pet
  • Guilt: for thinking you didn’t do enough to save your pet

Once these emotions run their course you can truly accept what has happened, feel sadness and grieve.

Find support

You don’t have to go through grief alone, in fact, if you don’t agree with the support you’re receiving from the people around you, try organizations and groups who know what you’re going through, like:  

  • Counseling services for pet bereavement
  • Pet loss support hotlines
  • Local or online support groups

You’ll find a great deal of support available, especially among animal lovers. Research groups online, and you’ll appreciate the plethora of animal lovers waiting to share stories with people who understand them most.

Taking an introverted approach, away from sharing with other people, is more ideal for some. Because there is no wrong or right way to deal with grief you can get support from various outlets like:

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Subscribe to magazines
  • Buy a journal for your emotional distress
  • Write short stories, or memories.

Doesn’t matter how you cope, as long as you acknowledge your reality. During emotional trauma, you never have to wonder if you did enough to save your pet.  Academy Animal is available to help. We’re dedicated to providing compassionate and humane services while being sensitive to your needs. Call us today!

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