8 Tips for Healing from Pet Loss

Golden Retriever Figurine Cremation Urn

When you lose your pet you lose a member of your family. You hurt, you grieve and you heal. These eight tips will help you heal from the loss of your pet.

1.    Allow yourself time to grieve. Everyone grieves in their own way and their own time. Let yourself be sad. It is OK to miss your pet.

2.    Don’t let anyone tell you how to grieve. When you are dealing with pet loss, the last thing you need is people telling you how to grieve – but there will be plenty who will try. You have to grieve in your own way. Be diplomatic, be kind, but be firm.

3.    Memorialize your pet with an urn. Get a decorative urn so that you can always keep your pet with you. You can get an engraved plaque and even add a photo of your pet. It can help you begin to heal as you remember the good times.

Small Heart or Oval Adoration Walnut Pet Cremation Urn

4.    Create a legacy. Plant a tree or make a donation to a rescue organization in your pet’s name. That way, in some way your pet will live on forever. You may even consider adopting another pet and giving it a name that commemorates your pet.

5.    Keep a journal. One of the best ways to cope with feelings of grief and loss is to journal. Keeping a journal will help you get the feelings out while allowing you to work through them.

6.    Create a memorial book. Put together photos and memorabilia of your pet in a scrapbook or display. You can leave it out where you can see it, or you can store it away. The important thing is creating the memorial, not whether you display it or not.

7.    Have a memorial or funeral service to provide closure. Having a memorial service or funeral will help provide closure for your pet’s death, particularly if the death was sudden and unexpected. Have some friends over or just do it on your own. The important thing is to give yourself the closure that you need to move on.

8.    Stick to your routine. If you have other pets, try to stick to your routine as much as possible. Your pets can become stressed by your grief. They will also notice that their companion is no longer around. Spend more time with them and try not to alter your routine too much.

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