For some of us, the loss of a pet if one of the hardest things we have to endure. I’ve said hello and good bye to a lot of furry friends in my life. It never easy, but eventually it gets better. Consider the following ways to cope with the loss of a pet.
Ways to Cope with the Loss of a Pet: Invest in a New Animal
If you’ve recently lost an animal sometimes bringing home a new pet lifts your spirits. A home without pets can be quite boring and lonely. Do not consider it “replacing” the animal you once had. Those memories are unique to that animal and will never be forgotten. Forming a bond with a new dog, cat, lizard, or whatever the animal may be will help in easing the pain.
Ways to Cope with the Loss of a Pet: Volunteer at a No Kill Animal Shelter
Volunteering at a shelter can help overcome feelings of sadness. Though you may no longer be able to spend time with your former friend at least you’ll be helping animals in need.
Ways to Cope with the Loss of a Pet: Join an Online Support Group
Chances are if you are grieving over the loss of an animal so is someone else. Find a forum where it is possible to talk to others about their losses. One of the best ways to cope with a loss is to talk it out. It is therapeutic and healthy.
Ways to Cope with the Loss of a Pet: Write in a Journal
It may seem difficult, but documenting your feelings helps get them out and cope with them as well. Write about what made you happy about your pet. Try to keep everything in a positive light. If it is at all possible contact your therapist and schedule a meeting with him or her. They will listen and not judge you.
Ways to Cope with the Loss of a Pet: Time Heals
Realize that things will get better. The initial loss of a pet is so difficult to cope with because our brain is adapting to getting used to them not being home. The first few months are difficult. When opening the door to your home the familiar barking or tail wagging won’t be there but you’ll expect it to be. Its torture but when you’ve had a routine for so long it is hard for our minds to just turn off the switch.