If you’ve experienced the loss of a pet, it’s only natural to have tremendous feelings of sadness, grief, and devastation.
For many of us, our pet was not just a cat, dog, rabbit, fish, etc. but instead, a family member that filled our lives with compassion and joy.
That’s why when a pet passes away or “crosses the rainbow bridge”, it’s not an easy processes overcoming the loss, despite what other’s may tell you.
This post is to help share some healthy ways to comfort yourself, handle the pain, and get on the road to healing and remembrance.
For those who feel lost right now, hopefully, one of these tips can help get you on the path to feeling better.
Key 1. Let the Grieving Process Happen Naturally
Dealing with the loss of a pet is an individual process, there’s no exact timetable for grieving and recovery.
It’s important to realize that there’s nothing to feel ashamed about and no date you need to get over the loss by.
The worst thing you can do is push away your pain or grief. This will only delay the process and make you feel much worse for much longer.
Acknowledge that you lost someone very important to you and allow your body and mind to go through the normal stages of loss including denial, anger, guilt, depression, loneliness, and eventually acceptance and recovery.
Pet owners sometimes talk about feeling sadness in waves with very lows at the start which is perfectly normal, too.
Key 2. Reach Out to Others
One of the best ways of dealing with grief is to share and talk about it with others.
Millions of people see their pet as more than just an animal, so there are many people who deeply understand and relate to your situation.
Chances are you know someone dealt with the loss of a pet, whether they are friends, family, neighbors, or someone in an online community you participate in.
Reaching out to these folks can not only help you feel better after talking, but give you some insight as to how they’ve overcome the loss of a pet.
Of course, if you’re experiencing depression for an extended period of time and it’s significantly interfering with your normal life, reach out to a professional therapist or counselor.
Key 3. Participate in a Funeral or Ritual
Funerals and similar rituals are extremely important. They help us fully acknowledge the passing, give us a chance to say goodbye, and reflect on the loved one’s life.
Because of these reasons, consider setting up and participating in a funeral or ritual for your pet.
It doesn’t have to be a whole day affair with all your relatives for it to be meaningful.
Just taking an hour or two to reflect, honor, and say goodbye will go along way toward bringing acceptance and resolution to your grief.
Don’t let anyone tell you a funeral for a pet is a waste of time. They have no idea about how you feel and the relationship you had with your pet and you have every right to honor your friend.
4. Setup a Wonderful Memorial
Just as you would set up a tombstone or memorial for a family member to honor and preserve their memory, you should buy or create a wonderful memorial for your pet.
Memorials allow to reflect on the wonderful times you have with your pet, honor their memory, and never forget the joy and love they provided you during their life.
There’s a number of different things you can do for a pet memorial, but one of the best memorials we found is to hang a set of chimes up in remembrance of our passed friend like this:
We felt regular chimes weren’t as meaningful, so we created a special “Rainbow Bridge Memorial” chimes with multicolored chimes, high-quality wood, and pet remembrance seal like this:
Chimes can be hung indoors, outdoors, or anywhere you like.
When you hear the chimes, you can remember the wonderful times you had with your pet.
Plus, if you ever have to move or sell your house you can “take your pet” (the chimes) with you and hang them again. We found this better than traditional tombstones or memorial rocks as they seemed to lose their meaning after we had to move.
If you’re interested in a set of chimes for yourself or in addition to a pet memorial you already have visit this link for more information: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G2Q1R94
Remember, dealing with the loss of a pet is a personal experience so you don’t need to follow any of these steps if you don’t want.
However, if you’re feeling down hopefully one of these will help.
If you have any more suggestions let us know in the comments below