Coping with death of pets
Can you imagine what you would do if your darling pet dies? Or, have
you gone through this bitter experience at least once in your life?
Death of pets and dealing with it is the topic we look into through this
We are focusing on those pet lovers for whom caring for a pet is
something more than just giving food, water and shelter. Sometimes, a
pet could be the main attraction in the house. Pets have a lot to give
us in return for the caring we give them. They help calm our mind,
recover from tragedy, and relax after a long day's work. There are some
people who treat their pets just as they would treat their children or
For them, losing a pet brings more grief than we would normally
expect. They won't be able to just say "Oh! My pet died" and get over
it. Empty food bowls, leashes and pets' sleeping places will bring back
memories of the lost pet and they would find it really hard to cope.
Today, we give you some tips to help you deal with this grief and
* Allow yourself to cry. Bottling up your emotions is not good for
you, and you will feel sad forever. Forget all those sayings that you
should not mourn an animal as you would a person.
There was a bond that you cherished, and no matter what the nature of
the bond was, it would be missed.
* Tell your friends about the loss. You might call and tell everyone.
You will receive many responses that let you know others loved and
appreciated your pet; this will validate(justify) your feelings.
* Remember your pet. Don't pretend you never had one. Even though it
makes you sad, it is best to remember and cherish the memories, rather
than ignoring them. It may hurt at first, but it's the only way to get
over your grief, and the only way you'll be able to remember the time
you had with your pet.
* Get on with your life. Although losing a pet is very sad, it is no
reason to shut yourself up in your house or go into depression. Your pet
has always felt secure in your happy mood, and the sooner you get back
on track, the sooner you'll be yourself again.
* Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. While emotionally,
you may not be prepared to welcome another pet into your home right
away, the act of helping to care for a homeless pet, a pet in desperate
need of a caring human may help with your grieving and sadness.
* Do something in memory of your pet. Plant a tree, donate to a
shelter or college of veterinary medicine.
* When preparing for the loss of a pet, involve your family and
friends, but be prepared for some very different reactions - each of us
suffers in a different way.
* Consider a different look or personality in your next pet. It's
tempting to try to find a pet just like your last one, and far too easy
to be disappointed when it isn't. It is easier to say "My last pet was a
real cuddle-bug, but this guy keeps me and my family laughing". The
contrast allows you to enjoy both pets for what they are.
* Be prepared for good days and very, very bad days. The good days
will gradually increase and you will be left with good memories of your
* Don't be afraid to get a new pet right away. There is nothing like
a new dog or cat to make you laugh and smile...even when it's the last
thing you feel like doing. Consider adopting from an animal shelter or
* Don't get a new pet in the hope of finding one like your old pet.
Nothing will take its place and it's not fair to compare a new pet with
an old one. Every pet is different.