Tips for coping
Reach out to others who have lost pets.
Check out online message boards, pet loss hotlines, and pet loss support groups.
Find a support group — many veterinary schools have them.
Look after yourself – The stress of losing a pet can quickly deplete your energy and emotional reserves.
How do you get over the death of a pet?
- 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.
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 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.
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.