For many pet owners, losing a pet is like losing a family member or best friend. In fact, the loss we experience over a beloved pet can have an impact on us that is as great as or even greater than the loss of a family member or friend, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. This is why pet bereavement counseling is so important.
What you need to know is that it is natural to feel grief and sorrow over the loss of your pet. However, the amount of time a person grieves over the loss of their pet can be different depending on the person. Some pet owners have more profound symptoms, including depression, anxiety or even a loss of meaning in life.
There are certain stages of grief that most people experience, although not in the same order. These include denial, guilt, anger, depression, acceptance and resolution. Once you understand that these are normal reactions, you’ll be better able to cope with your feelings.
It is often difficult for others who have never known the love of an animal to understand the pain that is suffered after this type of loss.
VOCAL offers free pet bereavement counseling to help anyone who is facing these emotions and suffering from loss.
If you need a place to go to talk to someone who understands your feelings and can offer you comfort during this difficult time, please email us by filling out our contact form.
Another way to honor the life of your pet is to make a donation in your pet’s name to VOCAL to help other pets. You also may want to consider making a contribution to our sponsorship program in your pet’s name. For more information, please contact us today.