How to Cope with Losing A Pet
For pet lovers, we know how much our pet matters to us. What is beautiful about a pet-human relationship is that even though we do not understand each other’s languages, we are able to transcend that. Our love for our pets transcends the language barrier and any additional barrier there is.
Pets are more than animals for us pet lovers. They are not there in our homes for display or to show off in our social media. We talk to them. We treat them like a human being who needs to get fed, who keep us company, and who needs to be genuinely taken care of.
That is why when we lose our pet, it is also like losing a human friend or relative. There is a wound, and for those who solely took care of their pets, the wound cuts deeper.
What should I do when I lose my pet?
Talk your feelings through
It is vital that you are able to acknowledge that you are grieving. Do not take your grief for granted. It is not shallow. The pain we feel over losing our pets is real, and we need people whom we can talk to about this grief. Talking about it makes our feeling lighter.
Take your time
Moving on from losing a pet does not happen overnight. It takes weeks, months, or even years, especially if we have been with our pet for a long time. It is not just a pet that we lost, but a companion. Some even consider their pets more important than their human friends.
So, take it slow. Go through every process of grief. Reminisce, clean up your pet’s things, and simply let time heal you.
Address feelings of guilt
When you were the one who primarily took care of your pet, there is that strong possibility of feeling guilty about your pet passing away. There a lot of questions like, “What if I noticed sooner that my pet was sick?” or “What if I chose to stay at home rather than being away for a week?”
Moreover, pet owners feel a massive amount of guilt when they needed to choose to let go of their pets by euthanasia.
A lot of these questions lead to a great feeling of guilt, and we seem unable to forgive ourselves. It is normal to feel guilty. Address it, but do not let it consume you.
Verify your concerns
Usually, some pet owners who have lost their pets cannot immediately accept the death of their pets. They would often wonder if the veterinarians did everything they could to save their pets, or whether the owners themselves have given their all for their pets.
In times like this, it is important that you are able to talk with the people who handled the illness of your pet. You can ask them all the questions or doubts that you have to give you peace of mind.
Memorialize your pet
Memorializing your pet will serve as your last way of treating your pet. While they are animals and not humans, they still deserve a proper burial. A proper funeral will honor your pet. This will also give you a chance to gather some pictures or even say your eulogies as well.
How do I pay tribute to my pet?
You can always give them a burial, but to honor your pet, it is best to put on their grave something beautiful to remember them by.
At Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorials, they know very well the meaning of a pet to a human’s life. That is why they make the perfect pet stone markers to honor your pets.
They carve them to perfection; that is why they are known to be the best at what they do. Each rock they use for the stones is personally handpicked. It is also going to take some days because they believe that quality and perfection take time.
Each of our pets is unique, and Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorials recognizes that. That is why each pet stone is also uniquely made.
While your pet’s life on earth may have ended, getting a pet stone for them will be around for a long time. You are free to customize your pet stone. Make sure to check them out the rest of our site and take a look at all the happy pet owners who have purchased from them. Give us a call at 208-253-4557 and we will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about our services.
The pets who are now in pet heaven are probably looking down and smiling at their beautifully made pet stones. Make sure your pet is smiling too.