Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences we can face and for many of us it is necessary to go through a period of mourning to be able to deal with this situation.
However, when who we lost is a dog (or any other pet) with whom we form deep bonds, the picture is often complicated, because not only are we facing emptiness and countless emotions, but also we have little empathy and support of many of the people around us.
Faced with this lack of understanding, it is very common for the owners who are really having a hard time keep a lot of feelings, which makes this process even more difficult and, unfortunately, there are many people who can fall into a deep depression. If you are going through a situation like this, the first thing you should know is that it is totally normal and also understandable, Well, you lost a truly loved one Finally, it must be understood that many of us develop stronger bonds with our dogs or other animals than with some people with whom we share a surname. And, of course, facing his loss is very hard. So don’t feel like weirdo (or let others make you feel that way).
In second place, admit you’re having a hard time. Although denial may be a first stage in this process, it is important to be able to say “I’m not okay.” You will surely have thousands of unresolved feelings: sadness, anger, confusion and even guilt, so it is totally valid that you feel overwhelmed.
In third place, consider asking for help. Either you lean on a friend or your partner to express your emotions, or even consider going to an additional activity that can help you in the process. Every person is different, so for some this may mean going to the psychologist, going to yoga or meditation classes, doing alternative therapies like Bach flowers, or simply praying.
Take into account that in some places there are teacher (who are specialists who help people deal with the emotions caused by the death of a loved one) who specifically focus on cases related to companion animals, such as Veterinary Thanatology, in Mexico.
Have you been through this experience? Tell us what helped you to live this process with greater peace of mind.
[Fuentes: HelpGuide.org, DrSophiaYin.com, Pet-Loss.net] [Foto: “Creative Commons Hug” by smerikal licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]
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