It's never easy to lose a pet. Anyone who has ever been blessed with the love of an animal knows that they are more than just companions. They are beloved family members. But in many instances, we do not allow ourselves the same grieving process that we would for a human member of our family. And why not? Do we not love our pets deeply and wholeheartedly? Do we not spend years caring for them and nurturing them? Do they not nurture us? Do we not have innumerable warm memories of our lives with them?
A lot of this stiff upper lip attitude we sometimes embrace comes from our fear of how we will be judged by others if we "let it all out." There are always those around us who don't understand grieving for an animal.We put on a brave face and swallow our tears so that those who don't understand won't consider us sappy or weak. This is something that needs to change.
It is very important to allow yourself the full grieving process. When we bottle up our emotions, it puts stress on our bodies and is bad for our health. What's more, grief is sneaky. If it doesn't come out one way, it will come out another. You may end up lashing out at those around you because you aren't facing your own emotions. I've loved and lost quite a few sweet creatures in my life, and it took me a long time to understand the importance of learning to grieve their passing. Below, I've listed a few tips and reminders for dealing with the loss of a furry family member.
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