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Grieving loss pet is a difficult experience for any loving pet owner. It is important to remember that everyone experiences grief in his own way, and each experience of grieving loss pet will be different. Allowing yourself time to work through the emotions that are part of grieving loss pet will help you deal with your loss and move forward in a positive manner in your own time.
Grief is a natural process that can, at times, feel overwhelming. Grieving loss pet is like grieving any other loss; there are normal stages to the grief experience. These stages do not always occur in a linear fashion and you may find yourself feeling many different and sometimes conflicting emotions while grieving loss pet.
Guilt is often one of the first stages of grieving loss pet. Whether your pet died from injury, illness, or simply old age, you may feel that perhaps you should have done more. Various "What if" scenarios may go through your mind: What if I had taken her to the vet sooner? What if I had bought a new fence so he couldn't get out of the yard so easily? What if I changed her diet? This is a normal part of grieving loss pet, but adding guilt to your grief will not help you recover from the pet loss any sooner.
Denial is another common early emotion associated with grieving loss pet. In some cases, this may seem like an almost subconscious thing. You may be so accustomed to walking the dog every night after dinner that you put your shoes on and reach for the leash without even thinking about the fact that the dog is no longer with you. It is also normal to want to keep some of your pet's things, like food bowls or a favorite blanket, because getting rid of them feels somehow like a betrayal of your beloved friend.
Another natural part of grieving loss pet is feelings of anger. If your pet loss was the result of an accident, you may feel angry toward those involved. Even if your sick pet received excellent care, you may feel anger toward the vet who treated him but wasn't able to save him. You may even find your feel anger toward God or the universe for your pet loss.
Depression is common when grieving loss pet. You may find yourself feeling overwhelmingly sad, and disinterested in daily activities. While this is normal, you should seek professional help if you continue to feel so sad that you are powerless over your feelings and finding it difficult to function. Eventually, at your own pace, you will reach acceptance while grieving loss pet. This is not to say that you won't feel sad or miss your beloved pet, but you will accept the reality of the loss.
It helps to have support from others while grieving loss pet. Find people with whom you can discuss your feelings. Your vet or local humane society may be able to help you locate resources in your area to help you with grieving loss pet, or you may wish to consider looking for resources on the Internet.