- Take time to grieve. Your pet may have been part of your family for a long time, so mourning may take time.
- Don’t try to hide or ignore sadness. “Face your grief,” Sileo says.
- Accept feelings of guilt.
- Get the right support.
- Put your feelings on paper.
- Hold a ceremony.
- Create a memorial.
- Move forward.
How long does it take to get over the death of a pet?
Stay home, don’t work, don’t talk about anything you don’t want to talk about. You can keep your dog home for up to 1-2 days: when rigor mortis fades and the body starts to soften again (after about 3 days) it’s truly time to do the funeral. Sharing the Pain and Grief. Talk about the loss and keep talking.
Why does losing a pet hurt so much?
As psychologist Julie Axelrod writes in a blog post the loss of a dog is so painful because people are losing a little life that we were responsible for as well as a source of unconditional love and companionship. There’s a reason that most emotional support animals are dogs.
Is it normal to grieve for a pet?
So, when a cherished pet dies, it’s normal to feel racked by grief and loss. The pain of loss can often feel overwhelming and trigger all sorts of painful and difficult emotions. Generally, the more significant your pet was to you, the more intense the emotional pain you’ll feel.
What do you do after your dog dies?
Your local vet will be well placed to deal with dead dog disposal, and if you wish for it to be handled by them simply place a call as soon as possible. Your vet should then be able to organise the collection and subsequent burial or cremation, according to your preference.