Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day on August 28th sets aside a day to remember the pet companions we’ve lost.
Pet Loss & Grief- American Humane Association
A common aspect of owning a companion animal — a part many people rarely discuss — is the loss of a pet. When you lose your best friend — the one you could always count on when you were down, the one who warmed you, played with you and made you laugh no matter how bad you felt — it can be a devastating experience. It’s important to grieve this loss and work through the emotions.
People grieve the loss of a pet in different ways. Most people will experience the seven stages of grief (shock, denial, bargaining, anger, guilt, sorrow and acceptance), but the amount of time spent in each stage may vary greatly. Here are some tips to help you through the grieving process:
- It’s OK to cry and show outward signs of grief for your pet. The human-animal bond is very strong, and for many people, the loss of a pet is felt as deeply as the loss of a close friend or family member.
- Talk about your pet with friends and family, including the good times, the bad times and even the way it ended (if you choose). Sharing the wonderful memories you have of your pet will help you progress through the grieving process.
- Have a memorial service for your pet. Whether you bury your pet in your backyard, scatter his ashes in the woods or simply go to his favorite dog park, you can honor his memory by holding a service. Include the entire family and pray together, recall favorite memories or plant a tree or flower garden in your pet’s memory.
- Make a donation in your pet’s honor to your local animal shelter or rescue. Not only will you create a lasting tribute to your pet, but you will also be helping save the lives of homeless shelter animals.
- Refer to magazines and literature that can offer support at this difficult time.
- Let yourself feel the pain and loss, but remember to also appreciate all the years you spent together with your beloved companion.
The death of a pet, whether furry, feathered, or an uncommon variety, is felt deeply. They become family and a familiar part of our lives. Mourning their death is different for everyone, and the observance provides a way to help heal the ache of loss.
The pain of loss is real. As each person travels through their grief, we remember the companionship and comfort they provided to us. Don’t forget that part of the relationship included care provided by you. The empty space left by the loss of a beloved pet is sometimes a difficult void to overcome.
Celebrate the home you provided and the joy your beloved pet brought you in return. When you are ready, you will know the time has arrived to find a new ‘critter’ to replace the emptiness felt. There are many animals yet to find a home. In time, you can be their new home.
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