Honoring a pet’s life rather than mourn their passing sounds easy to do, right? Well, for deeply bonded pet parents, this is not always the case, try as hard as we might, because for us – losing a pet is much the same as losing a child, and sometimes more complicated, because if others don’t share our love of animals, then we can be viewed from a distance and not get the help or support we need, or even just the consolation. We are viewed as strange or eccentric and for that reason we can isolate at a time when we truly need support.Grief is good. When is the last time you heard that? Good grief – yes, it is good, because in the expression of our grief, we allow the depth of our love its truest expression and when it comes to our companion animals, it goes pretty deep. The freedom to grieve is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. So whether you are on the journey of pet hospice or the final days of your fur kid’s life, give yourself the gift that keeps on giving – cry, share, reach out to those that understand, journal – express the pain and the sorrow in whatever way feels right to you. Try not to numb yourself to it, for there is a gift in grief and the discovery lies in its unique expression, as unique as the bond between you and your pet. Grieve and try to move beyond it each day, until one day you wake up and you will find yourself on the other side of it, not without it, but woven now into the tapestry of your story, where it no longer hurts but enhances the legacy that you and your beloved companion animal have created together and that, that never dies.
If you are in need of someone to talk to though this challenging transition, Paws Into Grace offers pet grief counseling for at home support.
When Paws Into Grace becomes part of your team for pet hospice and end of life planning, the path of least regrets opens up. As for worry, well, we hope you let us do that for you too so you can enjoy everyday to its fullest, knowing everything is being taken care of. Paws Into Grace – helping you and your family plan your wishes for your beloved pets with compassionate in-home hospice care, education, supportive therapies, euthanasia, memorials, grief support and more.
For more information, please call Paws Into Grace today.