How Your Family Can Come to Terms With Losing Your Pet

Although you can notice the warning signs of a sick pet, it could also be too late to do anything that can bring them back from the brink. What you can do during this time is make sure that the rest of their life is as special and comfortable as possible.

But besides caring for your sick pet, you also need to ensure you and your family are ready to cope with losing them. You have spent years playing with your pet and they have become an expected presence in your household, so losing them can take time to adjust and will be challenging for everyone. So how can your family come to terms with losing a pet?

Remember Your Feelings Matter 

Losing a pet is one of the hardest things people can experience because your bond with them is different from your friends and family. Because of this, you need to accept and acknowledge how you feel without thinking you're being melodramatic.

It is just as legitimate of a loss as it would be to lose a friend or family member, especially if you have had your pet for years and grown up alongside them. Do not think that you are being silly because it's just a pet. Instead, remember your feelings matter and allow yourself to grieve.

Speak to Each Other And Reminisce 

Although you and your family may have different relationships with your pet, especially if it's considered one person's pet and everyone else helped out occasionally, you still shared the same house and space as them.

It always helps to talk when you're grieving and talking to people who have similar experiences can make a huge difference. Sit down with your family and reminisce on the good times your pet brought you so you can see them off in style.

Don't Listen to People Trying to Nullify Your Experience 

However, some people might be confused as to why you're so upset about a pet dying. This issue usually arises when the person has never had a pet themselves, or if they have, it's been one that does not live long anyway.

The best way to come to terms with this issue is to simply ignore them. If they aren't going to support you and understand why you are upset and grieving, their opinion doesn't matter much anyway, especially not enough to get in the way of your emotions as you process your loss.

Try Different Therapy Methods 

Therapy can be a massive benefit for anyone going through grief. It gives you the chance to speak to someone else and get advice or simply get things off your chest without expecting a solution or response.

There are many types of therapy options, with some more effective than others. Grief counseling is an excellent way to better understand your feelings. You can also seek pet psychics and experience how animal communication provides healing to help you come to terms with bereavement after losing your beloved pet.

Seek Supportive Groups 

Similarly, supportive groups dealing with grief could be the perfect way for you to come to terms with losing your pet, especially if you don't have the money or time for dedicated therapy sessions. These support groups are often free, and you can find them in person or online.

People will share coping techniques and educate you on how to deal with the grief you're currently feeling. They can provide grief management ideas and advice, which will help you avoid falling into a pit of despair that could cause significant problems that affect your well-being and your daily focus.

Do Not Ignore Your Self-Care Needs 

It can be easy to forget to look after yourself when you are grieving. You may not see the point in eating or bathing because you feel so depressed. However, while this is a common problem that people experiencing grief encounter, it will only make the overall experience take longer to fix.

Self-care is crucial no matter what you're going through and it creates a strong foundation that enables you to get back to your best. So, don't ignore the benefits of spending time with other people or exercising. Don't assume that you should sit at home feeling sad. You're allowed to feel down, but you also need to find ways to distract yourself so you don't dwell on things you can't change.

Think Of Getting A New Pet, But Only When You Feel Ready 

You know you cannot replace your old pet so you shouldn't even try. But, you'll quickly realize how lonely your house is. Eventually, you'll be able to separate the past from the present and your future, and you will be eager to come home and hear feet trapping on the floor or see the living room littered with toys.

It can take some time to feel comfortable getting a new pet, and it shouldn't be something you jump into immediately to fill the void because you still need time to grieve and process your loss. However, sometime later, whether a few months or a year (or even longer), you can start to think about getting a new pet. This could be to make your home feel more full or to give your kids the chance to grow up alongside a pet like you had the opportunity to when you were younger.

Even so, the process can still be tough and you might have second thoughts. Since it takes everyone different lengths of time to overcome grief, you should accept that you might not be as ready as you thought you were but that's okay. Eventually, you will be ready, and you can give your new pet an amazing life, too.


Although you know that you'll need to say goodbye to your precious pet eventually, you never want to think about it until that time comes and even then, you can never truly feel prepared for when that day comes. This advice can help you and your family come to terms with losing a pet and hopefully discover the best ways to cope with this sudden household change.

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