The Final Departure
A pet is as much a family member or a best friend as any human can be, so it is absolutely normal that you find it hard to cope with the loss of your fur kid.
You welcome them home like you would a member of the family, you celebrate their birthdays, you carry their picture in your wallet and they become your shoulder to cry on. They love you unconditionally, without giving you any reason to fear for judgement or rejection on their part.
It is no wonder that you feel an overwhelming heartache when your pet departs the world, leaving you behind.
The pain of losing a pet is real and should not be trivialised. Yet, it is not common that people are given the same amount of time and space to mourn their furry companion as they would be granted with a human counterpart. The lack of compassion may make it harder for you to cope with your pet’s demise, but we have identified some steps you could take in the hopes that they help you through this tough time.
Give yourself time to grieve
Keeping yourself busy to avoid having to think about your sorrow may seem like an effective coping mechanism, but it will only be counterproductive. Hiding your emotions or trying to run away from them does not make them go away, and while there is no deadline for when you have to “get over” your loss, not letting yourself feel sad may prolong the grieving process.
Likewise, if you know someone who is mourning the death of their pet, the best you can do is be there for them as a pair of listening ears or helping hands. Overzealously trying to cheer them up, while you mean well, could make them feel like it is not right for them to be as upset as they are.