Grieving a pet is the same as grieving a person who has been very near and dear to you. I’ve heard people say, “Oh, it’s just an animal”, but it’s not. It’s a dear friend who has loved you unconditionally and stood by you through thick and thin. And it’s a grieving process that must be navigated.
When I think of all the animals I have loved and lost, my heart breaks just a little. Time has tempered the losses, but I will always have a huge hole in my heart that they used to fill. From Sebastian to Spicy, Zippy to Kitty and my dear little Lettie, I love you all so much. I still see you in my dreams and meditations. It’s such a shame that they don’t live longer than they do….
If you have recently lost a pet, allow yourself time to grieve. Take a day off from work. Spend some time in nature just allowing it to flow through you. Tell your friends how you feel. Do not accept anyone negating your feelings.
Tell yourself that you did your best with your pet. Do not allow guilt to overtake you. Some live long lives, others do not make it. Sometimes it’s just fate or it’s programmed into their genes.
Most important, do not minimize your feelings. Be honest about how you feel. Allow yourself to cry. Take the time you need to grieve.
I like to fantasize about The Rainbow Bridge. This mythical place is where all the pets we have ever loved wait for us until we are united again. It’s a beautiful place with rainbows and beautiful flowers and trees. Until we meet again.