Coping with Your Pet’s Death

CB106189 Pet owners consider pets a part of their family. They are our companions, who are always willing to share your happiness and sorrow like a true friend. Therefore, grief, which a pet owner encounters when his or her pet dies, is comparable to the sorrow one experiences when a close family member leaves us.

Express your grief
However, pet owners are reluctant to express their grief in public. Often people around you fail to appreciate your grief. They may think than you are crazy. However, it is only natural and humane to be grieved by your pet’s demise. If other members of your family were closely attached to your pet, you can easily ask them for support. Your friends and relatives, who are pet owners, will also sympathetically hear to your sorrow. If unfortunately, you are not lucky enough to find a sympathetic family member or friend, you can seek help from other sources. Your veterinarian is the best person to give you advice on this matter. Pet counselors, humane societies or support groups can help you overcome your grief. You can also seek the assistance of the church.

Your sorrow will give rise to varied emotions. You might feel guilty for your pet’s death. You will sense extreme anger, which will be directed against the disease, may be your vet or the car that killed your pet. You can also experience depression. Emotions that we experience, after losing our pet, are no different from the sorrow we experience after losing a human companion. To cope with your pet’s loss you should learn to express your grief.

Getting a new pet
If you think that getting a new pet will help to reduce your mental pain, then you are mistaken. Nobody can take the place of your deceased pet. When your emotions have stabilized, only then think about owning a new pet.

While bringing a new pet avoid pets that looked like your deceased pet. Give your new pet a new name. Don’t compare it with your old pet. No two animals can have the same character. Build a new relationship with your new pet.