The relationships we have with our pets are so unique and often the most pure connections we experience. It can leave us feeling sad, angry, lonely and confused. We hear the pitter-patter of their feel and expect to see them when we come through the door. Their absence has a profound effect on our day to day activities and attitudes.
Feeling grief and having a need to mourn for your pet is perfectly normal. We are missing a member of the family, and one that showed us love, affection, acceptance and grace. It would be abnormal not to feel the loss.
You might also struggle over decisions you made or care you weren't able to provide. The role of being our pet's caretaker is one that the best pet owners do not take lightly.
Allowing yourself to experience the emotions you are feeling is the only way to truly get through the grief. It is critical that you recognize the seriousness of your loss - the death of a pet is a loss that society often doesn't respect. People may even say, "It was only a dog" or "It was only a cat." Accepting these kinds of opinions belittle the relationship and will not help you to heal
Take the time you need to feel, and find someone to talk to, if that helps you process. Read about our support groups here.
Write, read and heal. You lost an important being in your life.
Other things that might help you through the grieving process: