For thousands of years there has been a special bond between humans and animals. If you have owned a pet and loved it unconditionally, then you will have experienced this special bond. This can also be extended to companionship and loyalty. Has your pet sat by your side and lovingly looked you in the eyes while you have been upset and seemed to comprehend your distress? Is it any wonder that pets can also help to fill a void in people’s lives that are not filled through human interaction. Pets can offer some people living alone a sense of purpose and they build incredible attachments to them. The intensity of this relationship can make the magnitude of this loss more difficult for someone to deal with.
Pets are often described as being part of the family and after having such a special bond with them, it makes sense that losing your beloved pet can be devastating. Saying goodbye and losing something we have loved deeply is one of the most difficult things we do in life and that can include pets.
Grief after losing a pet is completely normal and whatever you are feeling is valid. Various factors can make the loss more difficult. These can include having to euthanise your pet, having your pet rehomed or your pet has gone missing. Many people also feel unable to discuss their emotions with friends or family for fear they will be dismissed as only losing a “pet” and not a human. All of these factors can have an impact on the grieving process.
It is important to be able to talk about how you are feeling about the loss of your pet and express yourself. Pet bereavement counselling offers you the safe space to acknowledge the deep sadness, feel heard and help you to process your grief in a way that is right for you.Get in touch