Grieving Over the Loss of a Pet
Grieving over the loss of a pet is very normal. In some instances, such grief can be greater than that felt for a human loved one. This is due mostly to lack of support from family and friends.
When we lose a human loved one, friends and family send flowers, cards, and offer emotional support. Rarely is this the case with the loss of a beloved pet.
The memorial service or funeral held for human loved ones offers us the opportunity to come together for mutual support and gives everyone a sense of closure. Few people understand the pain we feel when we lose a pet.
Well-meaning statements such as, "It was only a dog," or "Just get another one," only add to our feelings of grief and frustration. But try not to be angered by such statements, because the joy and companionship of a pet is simply a blessing not shared by everyone.
If you are dealing with the grief associated with the loss of a loving companion, the site mentioned below by Marty Tousley may be of help to you. Marty is a professional hospice bereavement counselor and her web site is an incredible resource for those going through the loss of a loved one. Click on her link below and then on Discussion Groups or click here to go directly there: Grief Healing Discussion Groups. You can then find the Loss of a pet Forum and anonymously share your feelings with others experiencing similar grief. Another wonderful source for grief counseling is the link to petloss.com below.
Marty Tousley is a professional hospice bereavement counselor and her web site is a wonderful source of help for those grieving for a lost loved one. Please click on her name above for an incredible array of free grief healing information and help.
Another great source for pet loss grief support is http://www.petloss.com Here you will find poetry, words of wisdom, pet related chat rooms, message boards, and several telephone resources for helping yourself, a friend or family member through this trying time.
And last but most certainly not least is HelpGuide.org a trusted non-profit resource to help you deal with health issues, in particular, the loss of a beloved pet: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/grieving_pets.htm
Snoopy and T. C. to whom Angel Sleeping Pet Caskets owes its existence.