Pet Loss and Bereavement

 

PET LOSS AND BEREAVEMENT 

There are few losses as painful as losing a beloved pet; a family member, a best friend, a soul spirit. When this happens we can feel that there is no one to turn to, and no one who understands. I understand!

How do we come to terms with the loss of a pet when this pet was more than just a pet. Animals bless our lives in ways that we can’t always articulate. They can often be the best part of our day.  Losing our pets leaves a void so big that the pain is overwhelming.

Everyone processes loss differently, and pet loss is no exception. People grieve in their own unique way. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.

When it comes to losing a beloved animal we may minimize our pain and feel like we should “get over it”. But it’s more difficult to get past what we are not able to acknowledge, feel, and heal. 

Loss is an inherent part of life. It is important to understand how to process and transform ourselves through loss rather than getting stuck in it, avoid it, or suppress it. We may often think that we have moved past the feelings associated with loss only to discover that we are still grieving the unprocessed loss. 

****I am now offering pet loss support sessions so that you can process the loss with someone who understands. This can be short term (1-3 sessions) or longer. If more sessions are needed we will discuss the best option for you at that time. Please call for details. 

NORMAL SIGNS THAT YOU ARE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF YOUR PET

  • Crying
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Avoidance of things that remind you of your pet or the circumstances of the loss
  • Irritability
  • Lashing out
  • Fatigue

While all pet loss can feel traumatic, there are circumstances that leave you feeling guilty, desperate for answers, and hopeless such as; 

Even though you know deep inside that you would never knowingly do anything to harm your pet,  you are haunted by “if onlys” and “what ifs…”.  But you do not have to keep feeling this way. You can come to acceptance and forgiveness. I know because I have been there. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE SESSIONS?

Grief is unique to each person and everyone’s needs are different. In these sessions I will provide a non-judgemental space in which you can tell the story of your beloved pet. Some questions we may consider are;

  • ​How has my animal companion contribution to your life?
  • How are you better today because of your animal companion?
  • How has your animal companion mirrored you?
  • What has your animal companion taught you?

Other possible benefits;

  • Tools for Coping
  • Memory book
  • Self Care
  • Expressive art to help process feelings
  • ​​Be aware of the stage of grief you are in and know that everyone grieves differently. There is no right way to grieve.
  • How to respond to the reactions of others

Please call for a 15 min consultation to discuss what is most appropriate for you!

 

 

***IF YOU ARE IN A CRISIS PLEASE CALL 911 OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY HOSPITAL.