Dealing with Pet Loss
By: Kathy Nelson
Let your needs be known to someone you trust:
"I need to talk about the loss of my pet."
"I need to remember and share about my pet."
"I need to take a mini-vacation away from home, for a day or a weekend."
"I need to, or I need a friend to remove my pet's belongings."
"I need to understand that other members of my family and other pets in the household are also hurting."
"I need to know that if a veterinary staff was involved, that they feel a loss."
"I need to realize that life, although limited, is precious."
I want to give, in memory of my pet:
... of my time,
... my financial help to pet organizations,
... to the next person that experiences pet loss,
... by donating a book about pets or animals to the children's library, to the
next generation of pet owners,
... by having a painting made of my pet from a picture,
I feel the loss:
It is okay for me to say goodbye, to feel goodbye.
I will write down my feelings.
I will go to a Zoo, to a Pet Shop, to a Dog or Cat Show, so that I begin to feel joy and happiness about animals again.
I will be thankful for the memories I have been privileged to cherish.