How To Manage Your Grief After The Loss Of A Pet

How To Manage Your Grief After The Loss Of A Pet

How To Manage Your Grief After The Loss Of A Pet

    • Myth#1: People who experience intense grief over a pet who died (or will die) are weird.
Truth: 
      You are normal and healthy when you feel this way. People who have strong feelings about the loss are capable of intimate attachments and deep emotional bonding. This is something to be proud of, not something to put down.


    • Myth#2: The loss of pet is insignificant when compared to the loss of human life. To grieve for the loss of a pet devalues the importance of human relationships.
Truth: 
      The loss of a beloved animal companion
 can be as emotionally significant as the loss of a close human relative
      . You can love and care about both animals and humans.


    • Myth#3: It’s best to replace the lost pet as quickly as possible to ease the pain of loss.
Truth: 
      An animal companion can never be “replaced.” Every pet is different, with a unique personality. Naturally, the bonding toward each the pet is different. So, before getting another pet, people need to be emotionally ready.


    • Myth#4: You should mourn alone. Be strong and independent when it comes to this. Don’t burden others with your problems.
Truth: 
      Mourners can greatly benefit by the empathy, caring, and understanding of supportive others. (And by the way, others do want to help you.) However, it’s necessary to be selective about where you turn to for help because some people do not take pet loss seriously.


    • Myth#5: You should “just get over it.”
Truth: 
      When people say this to you, it’s based on the faulty assumption that you get closure to your mourning when you have only pleasant memories of your pet. But
 not everyone can achieve quick resolution on their own 
      to such a profound loss. You see, one cannot fully appreciate pleasant memories unless one has unpleasant memories to contrast them with.


    • Myth#6: You’re selfish if you euthanize your pet.
Truth: 
      Euthanasia can a compassionate and humane way to end the intense suffering or declining quality of life of a companion animal. It would be selfish to prolong the suffering of an animal in pain.


    • Myth#7: The best way to cope is to suppress and bury your grief. Keep busy so as to not dwell on your troubles.
Truth: 
      Grief will not just go away. Sure, it may go away unresolved...only to come back haunting you. By following the exercises and applying the ROAR methods to go beyond the five stages of grief...you’ll be able to accept your reality...and
 move toward recovery from the pain
      .


    • Myth#8: When people talk with sadness about missing their furbaby, it’s best to redirect their attention to pleasant memories they have about the pet.
Truth: 
      People who talk about their unpleasant feelings want receptive ears. Redirecting their attention reflects the discomfort of the listener rather than the needs of the mourner.

 

 

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