Forever Friend: Healing from the Loss of a Pet
For several of us, whose pets are akin to best friends, daily companions, and important members of the family, the loss of a pet can bring tremendous pain. The empty spot at the foot of the bed or the leash still hanging by the door can be reminders of heartbreak.
It is understandable, as with the loss of any significant relationship, that you may grieve for months. The road to healing requires time and gradual acceptance. Thinking about your pet and the positive memories may provide some comfort.
Thankfully, there are many resources to help you through this loss. You are among many who have faced what you are now facing.
Coping with the Loss of a Pet
Pet companions leave their marks in so many ways. They fill our homes with boisterous barks and soothing purrs. Our pets are as necessary and integral to to our lives as any important relationship, which is why the loss can be so devastating.
The shared experience of the human-animal bond also explains why we feel a strong connection with others who have experienced that same profound loss. The following suggestions have proven beneficial to others who have had to say goodbye to a pet companion; and so we hope they help you, too.
Not every one of these tips will be ones that will work for you. Use whatever feels helpful and provides healing benefits to you. Just know that taking solace in the memories of the unconditional love and resilient spirit of your beloved pet can help bring comfort.