You have just done one of the most difficult and heartbreaking things you will ever have to face in your life. Leaving a beloved pet behind as you move forward out of the grief and loss. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people everyday are facing the same challenges you are.
The life of your pet should be reflected upon in these dark days as your mind is wrapping around the acceptance of your loss. Try to focus on all the good things that having your pet brought to you and your family.
I know that it’s very hard to accept that you have lost your pet, but in most cases it was what was best for him/her. Family pets are put to sleep for a lot of reasons, most are out of our control.. Such is life of any living thing that must be let go.
Having pictures or video of your pet is very helpful to keep his/her memory alive. This helps the healing as you move past the heartache. Keeping his/her leash, collar or favorite toy in a memory box is a fun and memorable activity you could do with your whole family. Discuss the life of your pet as you are making it and filling it with the treasures you have kept.
The first and most important thing you should NOT do is get a replacement puppy/kitten/pet to fill the space you feel. I know this is something many people do. You might think that by doing this, the pain will go away faster and you can put all the love you have still left over into this new life. But this is a mistake for most. The fact is you need time to heal and to grieve through your loss before adopting or buying a new pet.
No other pet will replace the one you have lost. But have hope because once you have gotten past this tragedy you have faced, you will love your new pet that much more. Always keeping the memory of your passed pet alive in the new addition.
Stop and breath… take your time to grieve. Remember your precious pet for all the good things he/she did. Keep your pets memory alive in your heart as you move past this hard time.