How do you get over losing a pet?
Grieving the loss of a pet
- Explain your pet’s loss to young children in a way they’ll understand.
- Allow you and your family to grieve.
- Make room for expressing your emotions.
- Create a service or other ceremony to honor your pet.
- Maintain your other pets’ schedules.
- Reach out for support.
Why is losing a pet so painful?
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.
How long does it take to get over the loss 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.
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.