The loss of a pet can be devastating for many people. Pets are more than just animal companions. They are valued members of the family. Losing a beloved pet can leave us feeling lost and heartbroken.
Many people feel that they cannot grieve openly over the loss of a pet because others will think that they are just being silly. This is nonsense. Donâ€™t let anyone tell you how you should feel. Grief is grief. It doesnâ€™t matter whether the loss was a human loved one or a beloved animal. You are not being silly or childish. You have the right to grieve.
There are plenty of people who love their pets and thereâ€™s nothing wrong with that. The grieving process can take weeks, months or even longer. Everyone heals at his or her own pace. Give yourself time to grieve and heal properly. Grieving is part of the natural process following any loss. The amount of time a person takes to grieve is unique to the individual. People have varied emotions about adopting a new pet after they suffer the loss of an animal companion. There are some people who choose to adopt another pet soon after the loss of a long-time animal friend. They have plenty of love to give and feel another pet will help to fill the void in their hearts. Adopting another pet right away may help them to heal faster. There are people who may react in the exact opposite manner. Pet owners can be so devastated by the loss of their beloved companion that they donâ€™t even want to think about getting another pet. Although they may feel that way at first, they usually have a change of heart once they begin to heal. After they have grieved for a sufficient period of time they will once again be ready to open their hearts and homes to another animal friend. It takes time to heal after the loss of a pet just as it does with humans. Everyone needs to heal in his or her own time and way. If you already have more than one pet when loss occurs, try not to withdraw from the other pet, as people sometimes tend to do. You donâ€™t want to make him feel as if heâ€™s done something wrong. Remember that heâ€™s grieving too in his own way. By showing your other pet plenty of love and affection you help him to heal through the grieving process as well as yourself.
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