Losing a beloved pet is often emotionally upsetting experience. Yet as a civilization, we do not identify how painful pet loss can be and how much it can damage our emotional and physical health. Symptoms of acute grief after the loss of a pet can last from one to two months, with symptoms of grief persisting up to a full year (on average). Although grief over the loss of an unforgettable pet may be as intense and even as lengthy as when a significant person in our life dies, our process of grief is quite different. Many of the societal mechanisms of social and public support are absent when a pet dies. Few of us ask our bosses for time off to grieve a cherished cat or dog because we fear doing so would paint us as overly sentimental, missing in maturity or emotionally weak. Studies have found that social support is a vital ingredient in recovering from the grief of all kinds. Thus, we are not only robbed of invaluable support systems when our pet dies, but our own insights of emotional responses are likely to add an extra layer of suffering. We may feel uncomfortable and even ashamed about the severity of the heartbreak we feel and, subsequently, hesitate to disclose our feelings to our loved ones. That additional shame complicates the process of recovery by making it longer and more complex than it should be.
Losing a pet can leave substantial voids in our life that we need to fill. It can change our daily routines, triggering ripple effects that go far beyond the loss of the actual animal. Caring for our pets creates responsibilities and a timetable around which we often craft our days. We get exercise by walking our dog, and we mingle with other owners at the dog runs. We awake early every day to feed our cat (or we are woken by a pet if we forget!), but we get a lot more done because of it. Losing a pet disrupts these habits. Cats, dogs, horses and other cherished pets provide comradeship, reduce lonesomeness and depression, and can ease anxiety. They support our emotional well-being and fill our actions with meaning. This is why, in addition to emotional pain, we feel purposeless and lost in the days and weeks after our pet is lost. Recovering from pet loss, as in all forms of grief, needs us to understand these changes and find ways to deal with them. We need to seek social support from someone who will understand and commiserate with our emotions and not judge us for them. Many animal clinics offer mourning groups for pet owners. We might need to follow our routines and daily activities so we do not lose the secondary benefits we derived from having our pets. For example, if our exercise came from walking our dog, we need to find alternatives to reach our daily goals.” If we spent most Saturday mornings with other pet owners, we need to find other channels through which we can socialize and enjoy the outdoors.
It is time we gave heartbroken pet owners the recognition, support, and attention they need. Yes, it is up to us to recognize and address our emotional sores when our pet dies, but the more validation we receive from those around us, the quicker and the more complete our psychological recovery will be. Arranging a pet-cremation ceremony gives you a chance to pay some tribute to your beloved pet and allow you to get over that anguish and guilt created by a pet loss. Furrbuddycremation.com provides you with cremation services according to your needs and with assurance because we treat each pet as it was our own.