How You Can Overcome Pet Loss Grief Pets have become such an important part of our lives. So much so that there are people who find themselves overwhelmed with grief and guilt when they lose their pet, and this is quite a common occurrence. This is the reason there are a lot of people that are looking for ways to overcome pet loss grief. So if you have a family member or a friend who is having this problem, do what you can to help them and give them the support they need. There are actually a number of things you can do to overcome pet loss grief. To start with, understand that you can choose the way you feel about this situation. Of course losing a beloved pet is painful, especially when they have become such an integral part of your family. But you can do things to avoid wallowing in grief for a long time. For instance, you can focus on your pet's life, not on its death. Rather than replaying the last moments of your pet's life, focus and think about the happy moments you and your pet have shared. Think about how your pet made you smile even during your worst days, how they managed to still look cute after chewing the mail beyond recognition. The point is, make a conscious decision that you won't focus on the sadness and pain of your pet's passing. Celebrate your pet's life, not replay its death.
Keeping yourself busy is another way to combat grief. There are a lot of activities and support groups today that help people overcome pet loss grief. Why not join a charity organization that focuses on the welfare of animals? Why not make a donation to your local animal shelter in the name of the pet you've lost? And there are professionals like someone who has been certified for Christian counseling that can help you go through your grief by participating in charitable, Christian works. Not only will you be busy enough to avoid thinking about the death of your pet, but you are also making new, good memories related to your beloved pet and this can help ease the pain of losing them. You also need to step back and learn from the death of your pet. What did losing your pet teach you? Will you do the same things you did when you get another pet? What will you do differently? How will you avoid feeling the same way should you lose another pet? Assessing your emotions after some time teaches you to be objective about pet loss and this can be very helpful in healing. And it isn't just you who needs a helping hand out
there. There are plenty of other people who have gone through the same emotions as you have when you lost your pet. What you can do to further honor the memory of your pet is help other people suffering from pet loss grief. You don't have to be a professional who has undergone training for substance abuse counseling to do this. You just need to be sensitive and understanding of what the other person feels. You should know, since you've been there before. And it will help you feel better about the passing of your pet if you know that you are helping other people overcome their pain and sadness. There are others that choose to consult and talk to a councilor to help them identify their emotions and learn how they can deal with them better. This is also an effective way to overcome grief and pain over losing a beloved pet. Talking to someone who can understand you and will not judge you for being emotional over the death of your pet makes it easy to move on. If you find yourself needing these counselors, it will be a good idea to check out community centers that provide these services and ask for their contact information. You can also go online and check out websites of these counselors if you don't feel comfortable going out and talking to someone from your community center. Take the time to go over information you gather about these professionals before setting an appointment with them.
Published on Jul 11, 2012
Pets have become such an important part of our lives. So much so that there are people who find themselves overwhelmed with grief and guilt...