Give Yourself Time — and Permission — to Grieve
Your feelings are not wrong, and you need time to work through your grief.
Don’t try to minimize the bond you and your pet shared.
No matter what anyone else says or thinks or what you were raised to believe, I am confident that your pet loved you, truly.
How do you get over the loss of 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 feel better after losing a pet?
The time it takes to move through a grief experience varies immensely from person to person. For one individual, it may take four months to start feeling “normal” again and consider adopting another furry friend. For another, it may take six months, nine, or a year.