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Grieving The Loss Of A Pet

Posted by Katya on June 19th, 2012

The loss of a beloved pet can be an incredibly hard thing to deal with.  Feelings of denial, anger, guilt, and most of all sadness are very natural and normal after the passing of a cherished furry friend.  We feel for you and understand your pain.  It is important to be honest about your emotions and express them to those you can talk to. These friends and confidants can can assist you in best coping with the depression and bereavement you likely feel. Websites and support groups are out there to help you with just this very situation.

Whether it was many or only a few years, the time you spent with your pet made him or her a consistent part of your life, a companion, a family member. The devastation in your heart will pass, but it is helpful to truly recognize the loss of this significant relationship, and to allow yourself to feel deeply so that you can move through the process. Embrace your grief – scream, cry, run, punch a pillow, do whatever you need to do. Many people find it helpful to create a tribute in memory of their pet. Creating a tribute is a wonderful way to reminisce about the good times and share them, as well as honor what your pet means to you.

Whether it be writing a story or poem, or perhaps sitting down to pour your heart out to your lost friend in the form of a letter, paying homage can help you heal. Other creative outlets such as making a photo album or putting together a video are ways you can celebrate their life. For example, this touching tribute to NightCrawler the black kitty helped his owner deal with the unbearable grief of losing him. Nightcrawler was adopted from a local Humane Society as a kitten, and unable to get past the paralyzing heartache when Nightcrawler passed away, his dad created this video as a way to comfort himself and others in mourning. He knew that there were thousands of other pet owners out there going through the same thing, and he wanted to find a way to both honor Nightcrawler as well as comfort others in grief.

It hurts so much to lose your best friend; we all wish our pets could live as long as we do so that we can continue to share a life with them. But when you are ready, when the time is right, please consider adopting your next furry family member. It is a wonderful way to honor the passing of a loved one by saving another life. We at Adopt-a-Pet.com will be here when the time comes to help you find your match. We are so sorry for your loss. We like to think that they are always with us somehow, watching over with love.

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