Until one has loved an animal part of one’s soul remains unawakened – Anatole France
Our pets are family to us. The devotion, comfort and companionship that we receive from our pets is priceless. However, grieving the loss of a pet can be complicated. Often we are faced with tough decisions regarding the end of life healthcare for your “best friend?” How do we make such difficult decisions? How do we grieve such a loss? How to we teach our children to grieve the loss of their childhood companion?
Grieving the loss of our pets can leave us feeling anxious depressed and alone. However, you don’t have to be stuck in you grief forever. There are many ways to help yourself process the loss of a pet and move toward a place of healing. Meditation, exercise, and healthy eating are some simple ways to help yourself. Actively grieving by volunteering your time or doing something to honor the memory of your pet can also help you cope with your loss.
And so can speaking with a licensed professional who is trained to help overcome grief.
If this sounds like you:
- You feel lonely or depressed due to the loss of your pet
- You can’t seem to cope with the finality of losing your beloved companion
- You feel guilty or anxious about having to euthanize your pet, or about the circumstances surrounding their illness or death
- Certain activities or particular areas of your home are a constant and painful reminder of your loss
- You want to find a way to move past the sorrow and grief so you can remember your pet with fondness and love
… Then one-on-one therapy with a licensed mental health professional can help. I offer a safe and relaxing environment, where I can help you cope with the heavy emotional burden of losing a pet. Discussing your loss and learning coping strategies for dealing with your grief can help you go through the grieving process and move forward.
How long it takes to grieve the loss of your pet is entirely personal. Don’t try to hurry the process, but at the same time, do not prolong it. You will always remember your pet. Therapy will help you find a new normal and allow your grief to be complete. The beautiful memories of you lost pet-friend will alway be with you as a comfort not sorrow.
If you’re struggling to cope with the loss of a pet, together we can get you through this difficult time and help you find healing along the way.
Let’s schedule a time to talk