Increasingly in modern society, it is finally being recognized how devastating losing your pet can be. Where once there was a real lack of understanding in this area for pet owners, you should now find that people are much more sympathetic to your loss when it happens. There is no doubt that a loved pet passing on is very painful and can sometimes invoke as much emotion as a person passing on in your family.
If you are unfortunate enough to be in a situation where your cherished pet has sadly died, then you need to mourn properly. As with humans, this will allow you to say goodbye in your own way and be able to get back to normal life. Here are some tips on how to mourn for your lost pet:
- Take time out – by far the best thing to do is to take the time that you need to grieve properly. Naturally, this period will be different for all, but it is key that you have this period of mourning to deal with your emotions. Take time off work, cancel your appointments, and give yourself time to process what has happened.
- Talk to friends – our friends are there for us during the difficult times in life, so lean on yours now. If you have any friends who own pets themselves, then they may be the best to talk to as they will understand exactly how you are feeling. By discussing your emotions and your lost pet with friends, it will allow you to express your feelings and get them out.
- Arrange a funeral – as with humans, having a funeral for your pet is a wise move to help you mourn them. It gives you and others the chance to say your final farewells in a dignified and sensitive environment. The sense of closure that this gives will help greatly in dealing with the grief that you will be experiencing. Many pet owners opt for cremation now as it is an affordable and touching way to see your pet off. Many people like the fact that they can keep the ashes in the home after the service or have them buried with a gravestone to visit when they like. If you have never thought of this, it really is recommended.
- Remember your pet – this tip is best left for when you can think of your lost pet without getting too upset. When you are able to, many people find it helpful to look back and remember them along with all the good times that you both had together.
Don’t be afraid to mourn
In the rush of modern life, it can be tempting to push your emotions to one side and carry on as normal. This is a real mistake though, as taking the time to properly mourn a lost pet is vital. Not only will it help you deal with your feelings but it will also bring closure to a very sad situation. The tips above are great ways to help you do just that.