Anyone who knows me knows that I love my pets especially my adopted chihuahua, Stitch Valentino (pictured).
However, there comes a time when you have to say goodbye to your furry loved one and it can be just as painful as losing a loved one.
Read more in this Washington Post article by Joe Yonan.
To me, my pets are considered family. I call Stitch my son and he is beside me every second when I am home. I spend more time with him than anyone else.
So, what should one do when they lose their best friend? Here are some tips:
- Know that it’s normal to grieve for the loss of your beloved pet
- Don’t try to bottle up you emotions or feel ashamed.
Honestly, I will take vacation days and cry for days while eating any comfort food I can get. I am not ashamed to do so.
- Seek support from others who have experienced the pain of losing a pet.
- Ignore people who devalue your loss.
Some people do not understand how much a pet could mean to you. Do not let them talk down to you or make you feel worse. You do not need that negativity during this time.
- Understand the grieving process takes time.
For more on this subject and more tips, please click here.