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April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 123

Losing a pet can be very difficult. When a pet dies, you aren't just losing an animal; you're losing a friend and a member of your family. It's especially difficult when that pet has been there for you day in and day out and has shown nothing but affection and loyalty.

Everyone deals with death differently. What is most important to understand is that it is very natural to have feelings of grief, sadness, anger, and guilt. It is also extremely important to remember that you are not alone; many people have experienced the death of a friend or family member and understand the feelings you are having. While we all have these same feelings, everyone expresses them differently. There is certainly no right way to express one's feelings; what is important is that you are expressing them in one way or another. The worst thing you can do to yourself is to keep your emotions bottled up inside. There is no standard time frame in which people feel these emotions; it might take some a few days to move on and a couple weeks for others.

Some common ways to express emotions, and get closure after losing a pet, are funeral services or spreading your pet's ashes in their favorite location. Getting closure and accepting the death does not mean forgetting the pet altogether. Many people chose to create memorials, photo books, or write tribute and poems about their pet. The loss of a pet is quite often very difficult to explain to a child, especially if it is their first experience with death. It is very important to include them in the creation of any memorabilia to help them remember all the good times. A pet funeral home can provide the closure your family needs to move on from this loss.

Grief support groups and counseling hot lines are not an uncommon way to express your feelings. Surrounding yourself with people in similar situations can be very therapeutic and remind you that you are not alone. This type of support is especially helpful to individuals that have become depressed and are having trouble accepting the death.

It is very important not to get a new pet too soon. You should always wait until you are ready to fully dedicate yourself to a new long-term relationship before making a commitment. Do not choose a pet with the intent of replacing your old pet as this rarely works out. It is not only unfair to yourself, but the animal as well.

George is the Online Strategy Manager for Simple Machines and Switchfast Technologies. George's interests include soccer, social media, and podcasts!

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