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,
*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.