Roger Salmon column

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

During the years you spent with your pet it became a significant and constant part of your life.

It was a source of comfort and companionship, of unconditional love and acceptance, of fun and joy.

So don’t be surprised if you feel devastated by the loss of such a relationship.

Coming to terms with the death of a beloved pet can be as confusing and devastating as losing a member of the family.

If your friends or family have pets they will understand what you are going through and it will always help to talk to them.

A pet owner may have to seek more understanding from a bereavement counsellor particularly when you consider the place of a pet within our lives and some recommend the following activities:

*Planting trees or flowers in memory of the pet

*Making a charity donation

*Holding a funeral or memorial service

*Drawing a picture, making a clay sculpture or doing needlework

*Placing your pets name tag on your key ring

*Writing a poem , song or a story

*Creating a memorial photo album or scrapbook

*Writing a letter to your pet

*Framing a photograph

*Volunteering your time

Pet owners can manifest any of the following signs:

*Physical. Crying, nausea and loss of appetite, inability to sleep, fatigue, confusion etc

*Intellectual. Inability to concentrate,

*Emotional irritability.

*A low sense of self worth

*Some people withdraw and become reluctant to seek help.

One often hears of bereaved owners talking of ‘never going through it again’, but many do take on another pet.

A new pet should only be acquired when you are ready to move forward and build a new relationship.

Pet owners may well have a lower blood pressure, improved heart rate and lower cholesterol levels as a result of pet ownership.

The relationship with our pet is physical, social, emotional and psychological, which helps keep us well.