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Healing the Grief of Heartbreak When the Family Pet Dies
Losing the joy previously experienced as your pet would be there to greet you is a significant lifestyle adjustment. Allow everyone the time needed to honestly embrace their feelings. Give kids an age-appropriate, straightforward understanding of the circumstances surrounding your pet's death, encouraging conversations and questions for clarity. Share the emotional pain and sadness being experienced by others as a way to work through any fears or anxiety.
Diminishing grief does not release the emotions behind the feelings. Finding healthy outlets of expressing these powerful sentiments may include creating and sharing memories through creative writing, poetry, journal reflections, photo scrapbooks, collages, or artwork dedicated to your pet (affiliate). Allow family and friends to offer support in working through your time of grieving. If you need help , contact your veterinarian or local humane association for recommendations of pet loss counselors or support groups.
Considering a new family pet will be an intricate decision to be made moving forward, Embracing a new relationship with a pet after mourning your loss of a pet (affiliate) should not come as a replacement, however, when your family is ready, chose a pet striving to establish a new, loving relationship.