Today, more than ever, pets have become an integral part of our families. They sleep in our beds, take us for walks and bring a smile into our lives. The devotion and unconditional love of a pet are among the best things one can experience in life.
While often overlooked in the past, society now recognizes that people often feel just as deeply about the death of a beloved pet as they might about the loss of any family member or friend. The feelings that come with the loss of a pet may be intense, conflicting, confusing and more. These feelings, however, are a normal part of the grieving process. They allow us to deal with our loss and accept the natural passage from life to death.
There is a greater awareness that the loss of a pet calls for the support and sympathy of those around us to help us cope. Family members, friends, funeral professionals and even other pets can all play a role in helping us work through our sorrow. In addition to love and sympathy, this support often requires patience and understanding on the part of those close to us.
Celebrating a Life
Allowing yourself to grieve is the most natural way to handle your loss. Many people find comfort in having a memorial ceremony for their pet. It gives the family members a time to mourn together and remember their beloved friend during this difficult time. Paying tribute and openly expressing your emotions is very natural during this process. Taking the time to pay tribute and remember the life of your pet can help to provide closure and acceptance. Find what works best for you and your family.