Coping with the loss of a pet, is challenging for those who have never owned a pet to understand the devastating effect it can have on the pet’s owner and family. For someone who has had years of love and affection from their pet, little things such as toys, bedding, bowls, and the like can be a reminder of the special relationship you shared.
There is no doubt that losing your pet companion is a devastating time and different people cope differently. Understanding the stages of grief will help you cope with the emotions of this time.
Stages of Grief On Losing Your Pet
There are five stages of the grieving process you will experience when coping with the loss of a pet:
Denial. At first, you will experience feelings of disbelief. These feelings are caused by the shock of losing your long-term companion. Denial is your natural defence, having a numbing effect on the reality of the situation.
Anger. The trauma that you feel may cause stress and anger. These emotions can lead you to blame others for your loss.
Bargaining. You may start to question what you could have done to help your pet and prevent its death.
Depression. You will have suffered a devastating loss. It is expected that you feel this way, and it will only be temporary.
Acceptance. At this stage, you have come to terms with the death of your pet. You have accepted the fact that your everyday life needs to continue.
How To Cope With the Bereavement of Losing Your Pet
The grieving process time and you need to work your way through it actively. Eventually, you will reach a point when you can remember your pet and enjoy the memories of the wonderful times you shared. However, in the early stages, it is helpful to have a coping strategy:
Talk. Speak about your pet with family and friends. You might want to consider joining a support group.
Consider Pet Euthanasia. Rather than witnessing your pet suffer a draw-out passing, consider putting them to sleep peacefully and painlessly.
Hold a Ceremony. Coming together with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate your pet’s life can provide a lot of comfort.
Take Things Easy. Give yourself time to grieve. Do not try to bottle-up or rush through the grieving process.
Make Time For Others. Remember that others, particularly your children, will be grieving too, so make time for them.
Make a Memorial. Having somewhere to go where you can remember your pet will help you in the long-term. Planting a tree or having an urn in the garden are a couple of common pet memorials.
Seek Advice. Often grief can be ongoing. If you are suffering for a prolonged period, you may want to consider seeking professional help.
Stay Healthy. It is essential that you look after yourself, eat correctly, and get plenty of rest. You will have gone through a highly emotional experience, and it can sap your energy.
Get back to Normal. It may sound not very empathetic, but you need to try and move on as soon as you can. Getting back to your routine will help you, the people around you, and your other pets.
We hope that our help can aid you in coping with the loss of a pet.
Cloud9 Vets can give your pet the most compassionate and dignified farewell. Contact us today.
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We are available to help you with home euthanasia for your pet
In order to safeguard you and our vets and to comply with Government regulations there are some requirements you should be aware of and agree to before we confirm your home visit:
1. If the gentle euthanasia is indoors, only one person can be present during the vet’s visit, other family or friends should say their goodbyes before the vet arrives at your home
2. There should, at all times, be a two meter distance between the family member and the vet.
3. Our process involves sedation, you will be able share closeness with your pet after the vet has given the sedative
4. If you are able to be in your own garden, this greatly reduces the risk of contagion and it may be possible to be more than one person to be with the vet, our vet will advise you.
5. We are doing all we can to ensure there is closeness, care and compassion during the gentle euthanasia home visit. A peaceful goodbye is so important at such a sensitive and emotional time
6. Please follow any guidance our vet may give you, it is given to ensure everyones safety and well-being
7. Thank you for your understanding and consideration in these very difficult and challenging times.