Grieving for Your Pet: 5 Tips for Coping With Losing Your Best Friend
Losing a dog is like losing a part of yourself. Anyone who’s lost a dog friend understands the pain. Nothing in the world can make saying goodbye to a good friend easy, but the following tips can help.
1. Call for help
Even though it may be hard for outsiders to understand your pain, you don’t have to go through it alone. There are several hotlines you can call to talk about the death of your dog. The people who answer the phones are trained to deal with grieving people and will be able to help you out, even if it’s just by listening to what you have to say.
2. Have a memorial
Part of what will help you cope with your grief is giving it the same legitimacy you’d give a human death by having a memorial. A nice way to do this is to gather the friends who also loved your dog and set a time to remember him or her. Even if you’re alone, it may help to say a few nice words. To really mark the occasion, place a stone somewhere in the garden or plant a tree or flowers in the part of the yard where your dog liked to play the most.
3. Get a keepsake
You’ll never forget a dog you loved, so why not get a keepsake? Getting a keepsake is a way to honor your dog every day. You can have jewelry or art made in your dog’s image or get crafty and make a scrapbook full of pictures of the special times you spent together.
4. Help other animals
If you’re used to having a dog by your side, it can be difficult to adjust to life without one. Getting a new dog soon after the death of your old one might not be a good idea for everyone, so why not get your puppy fix another way? Volunteer to play with the dogs at your local animal shelter or donate some much-needed supplies, such as blankets and toys, in your dog’s memory.
5. Read up
Consider this article a crash course for dealing with grief after the loss of a pet. Books that deal with the subject of pet loss can help you explain it to the children in your life. And you never know, you may find some comfort in a picture book as well.
Do you know what it’s like to lose a pet? Take a moment to remember your furry friend by posting a picture of your dog in the comments section. We’d love to hear your stories and remember all the best memories along with you.
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