Tips on Dealing With Sudden Pet Loss

Dealing with pet loss of any magnitude can be devastating, whether you have had your pet for two years or close to 20 years. It is impossible to compare which is worse – when your pet has a debilitating disease and you go through extensive vet visits and watch your pet suffer before passing away, or sudden unexpected pet loss resulting from an accident or unexpected illness.

Sudden pet loss is when your pet dies without warning, leaving you stunned, shocked and devastated. This kind of loss can feel like a punch in the stomach that takes months and months, and sometimes years, to heal. So how do you deal with a sudden pet loss and how long does the healing process take? Here are some tips to help you get through your difficult time:

* Allow yourself to grieve – no matter how long it takes you: Many people don’t understand that people grieve the loss of their pets much in the same way they do their human friends and family members. After all, pets are a part of the family and often provide a kind of unconditional love not found anywhere else. So when a sudden pet loss occurs, it is devastating because it feels like a member of the family just died. Therefore, it is important that you take as long as you need to grieve your loss and work through that grief.

* Ask for help in taking care of details from family and friends: Your family and friends often feel helpless because they want to help you and aren’t always sure what to do. There are certain details that must be tended to once you’ve lost your pet. If you find you are having trouble doing this and need assistance, asked a trusted family member or friend. They will be glad to assist you and you will be glad to have someone helping through the painful decisions you will likely have to make in the wake of your loss. You can either divvy up responsibilities or just ask them to be with you for the more difficult choices, such as choosing a pet urn if you’ve opted for cremation or picking out a pet grave marker if burial is what you want for your pet.

* Do a memorial of some sort for your pet: You can either opt for a full-fledged service or do something as simple as an online pet memorial service. Whichever option you choose, this is a great way to begin the process of healing while at the same time expressing the important role your pet played in your life. Do as much or as little as you are comfortable with, and remember that online memorials are one of the easiest ways to remember your pet. An online sentiment is also something that can be shared easily among loved one no matter where they might live.

Reconciling pet loss is a difficult and arduous process at best. Coming to terms with your grief is hugely important to help you get through the loss of your pet and move on to the point where you remember the good times you shared without all of the pain.

Colleen Mihelich
Owner, Peternity…honoring your pet for eternity
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