Coping with the loss of a pet has to be the hardest part of being a dedicated loving pet mom or dad.
We all grieve differently as we cope with the loss of our pet. I’ll share my personal story and hope it will help other pet parents…
My bulleted list below is just a starting point: you need to create your own path on this difficult journey…
How I Handle the Loss of a Pet 😿
- Top rule: My pet’s well-being comes first. I try not to be selfish and keep a pet around when their health is failing.
- Faith helps: My belief is that our pets and human companions don’t die: they move on to the spirit world where they wait for us to join them. It’s also called crossing the Rainbow Bridge.
- Science helps: The Law of Conservation of Energy tells us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Rather, it can only be transformed or transferred from one form to another. Our pets continue to live in some form, even after they pass away.
Preparation and Sudden Loss
- Preparation: While my pets are still healthy and vibrant, I try to cherish every moment with them. And when they pass on, I have fewer regrets about their inevitable loss.
- Sudden loss: See preparation guidance above.
- Drawn-out terminal or serious illness: I spend as much time as possible with my pet, but I fight the temptation for heroic medical intervention. Fighting only postpones the inevitable. I cannot let my pet suffer needlessly.
Grieve and Celebrate
- Once my pets passes on: I allow myself to feel sadness. Denying your grief only draws out the healing process.
- Celebrate often: I have a special meal with my spouse to celebrate the life of my pet. Celebration helps a lot.
- Remember the good times: As the bereavement process evolves, the feeling of sadness and mourning will change to fond memories.
💡 If the loss of your pet becomes unbearable, please seek counseling, whether it be from your spiritual adviser or a psychiatric professional. If you are prone to depression, you don’t want to sink too deep into the abyss: your family depends on you.
Thanks for caring about your pets…
“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”
Tombstone image (modified): arlboston.org/national-pet-memorial-day/