Many people feel many different feelings when it comes to losing a pet. A lot of times people ignore these feelings as they feel like losing a pet isn’t something to grieve about. However, it’s something that people shouldn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed about.
Here are some signs that you may be struggling with losing a pet!
🐙 Guilt – There will be plenty of questions going through your mind when it comes to your pet. You question yourself on if you have made the right choice, if there was anything differently you could have done and so much more.
Guilt is a normal feeling, especially when it comes to another living thing. You just don’t want to get it wrong and that’s ok. However, sometimes your own feelings cloud your brain. So ask for advice from a vet so you make the right decision for your pet.
🐬Isolation – When a pet dies, there’s a void that has been created. Something that you cared about is no longer there when you wake up, when you come home or go to bed. When trying to fill this void, be careful how you do it as you may rush into something that you aren’t ready for.
Why not start with creating something in memory of your pet that you can always have on you. For example, a necklace or a keyring that represents your pet. You can even think about getting another pet. However, make sure to get another pet when it’s right for you.
🦧 Depression – Whenever there is grief, there are the 5 stages of grief. Depression is one of these 5 stages. This is because there will always be sadness when you lose your pet. Some are worse than others.
🦀 Anxiety – Anxiety comes into play when you have lost the one thing that was constant in your life, something that was always there when you needed comforting and didn’t feel like talking to anyone but your pet. Now that they are gone, you don’t have that comfort which could lead to anxiety. Anxiety can be caused from not knowing how to cope without them and the time spent with them has to be filled with something else.
Overall, your feelings are personal to you. You may not feel any of the above and feel something completely different but you may feel all of the above. No matter how you feel, do what is right for you and get help when you need it.