My Dog Died. How can I cope and feel better?
Though they may get out of our hands, the reason that dogs are known as “man’s best friend” are not beyond our understanding. The bond between a human and dog is one of the strongest, and it is the playful, friendly, and loyal nature of these furry balls that make them our world.
Having a dog as a pet is one of the most beautiful experiences, but unfortunately with memories and love, comes loss. The pain of demise can feel overbearing and can trigger confusing emotions. While others may not understand your love for your dog, never feel guilty for grieving the loss of a pet.
Here are some tips to help you through the loss of your dog.
1. Allow yourself to grieve and express
There is no reason why you should be expected to “move on.” Studies suggest that losing a friend can be more painful than losing a relative or friend. As the new life sinks in, many emotions arise, ranging from guilt to despair. Rather than dismissing your emotions, give yourself time to grieve and express. Talk to loved ones, or keep a journal for expressing your deepest emotions.
2. Rituals help heal
Honouring the life of your pet, whether through a Pet funeral or any other ritual, can be a great way of getting closure after the loss of a loved one. Each member of the family can say a few words about the beloved dog creating a memorable memorial. Despite what others might say, it is not inappropriate to hold a ceremony for a pet. Do what brings you peace!
3. Reach out for support
At such low times, staying connected with family and friends can help in keeping your emotional health in check. Don’t hesitate, as even a hearing ear can be of huge help for the pain.
Another great option is to interact with people going through a similar loss. Look for support groups online as such gatherings offer opportunities to meet with others who can truly empathize with your loss.
4. Talk to a professional therapist
Sometimes, the grief may get overbearing and hamper your ability to function. If that is the case, you must consider taking the services of a grief counsellor or any other mental health professional. They can help you work through your feelings and move in the right direction of healing.
To conclude, the loss of a dog can be as heartbreaking as losing a friend or any other family member. Your bond with your dog was special and unique, and coping with loss can be difficult. But you must remember to take care of yourself so that you can grieve healthily.