! My Dog Died
! My Dog Died Pets provide their owners a love that is not conditional and involves very little effort on the part of their owners.
To those of us who have a soft spot in our hearts for them, pets have a very special place. When they are no longer here with us, we find that something is missing. We experience grief for them in ways that are identical to the manner in which we experience grief for a human loved one.
Children and adults of all ages can experience profound emotions of loss, shame, and isolation after the passing of a pet, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the animal’s passing, such as old age, disease, unexpected death, or euthanasia. Even if the animal was considered a fully-fledged family member, a child’s preferred playmate, or an older person’s devoted and dependable companion, pet owners sometimes find it difficult to express the depth of their genuine sadness when their pet passes away.
Pet owners who are experiencing loss are often misunderstood, and they may even face criticism from their friends and society as a whole.
There are some people who don’t want a pet because animals do pass away. It’s fair to want to avoid putting yourself in a position where you may die, but at the same time, the deaths of our companion animals help us grow much more human. Because our animal friends heighten our sensitivity to the ever-present shifts in our environment, we become better attuned to the daily and yearly cycles of the earth when we share our homes with them. This applies to both the day and night cycles as well as the four distinct seasons. Our domesticated pets educate us on the value of the more straightforward pleasures in life, such as a glorious day, a satisfying meal, and a kind touch.
As a normal part of the mourning process, we may find ourselves struggling with our fundamental beliefs after the loss of a beloved companion animal. When we lose a loved one, whether animal or human, we find ourselves questioning our beliefs, and many individuals discover that the more difficult questions they pose to themselves, the more solid their belief system becomes. Others discover a fresh approach to acceptance.
During the mourning process, many people find it helpful to engage in some form of visualization, during which they picture their deceased loved ones in a serene and lovely setting that is filled with bright flowers and light. Many of us have found the bodies of our departed pets in the same location. Those who are going through a period of grief may find that this is useful and that it brings them some serenity.
And we get wisdom from our domesticated animals. Animals have no qualms about passing on, and their bravery teaches us that we, too, can confront death without dread. They have the potential to show us how to view death not as an end but as a gateway to love and wonder.
Give yourself permission to mourn in any way you feel is most healthy for you. The passing of a beloved companion animal brings forth genuine anguish and forces us to progress through all five phases of the grieving process: denial, anger, sadness, and acceptance. In order for the grieving process to allow for complete healing, each of these stages needs to be experienced.