How Do you get over losing a pet?
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How do you get over losing a pet?
Losing a much-loved pet is devastating. Having a pet is just the same as adding a new member to your family. It is as important as any human relationship. When you lose a pet, it’s a death in the family and you need time to grieve.
Getting a new pet when it feels right will really help, just make sure you don’t get a pet that looks anything like the last one or you will feel like you are replacing your old pet, and we all know that this is impossible.
Get your pet from the RSPCA or shelter then you won’t feel like you are replacing but helping a pet that needs you.
Spend time remembering your pet but don’t spend too much time dwelling on your pets passing as this will be unhealthy for you.
Have a good cry, crying will stop you falling into the trap of bottling up your emotions. It’s natural to suffer a loss and you mustn’t fight the unhappiness. Everything takes a natural time to heal. Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
Get your pet cremated to remember this life and to keep your pet close by if you so wish.
Go and buy a book to help you get through the grieving process.
Count your blessings. Remember all the good things you have still in your life.
Keep busy. If you are able to keep busy and make yourself very tired by the end of the day, this will definitely speed up the grieving process.
Eat your favourite things. Indulge if it helps.
Don’t throw away your animal’s belongings until you are strong enough, there are no rules on how to move on.
replace negative unhelpful thoughts with good ones. Perhaps imagine your pet being received up in heaven, and know that you will join it again one day, if you are not a religious person then just think on the good life you gave your pet and how content you made it.
Try not to dwell. You can’t help the fact that you are sad but you can make sure that that you don’t let this sadness take you over completely.