Some also said that they were so grief-stricken by the death of their pet that they were forced to call in sick to work.
"It was only a dog." and "You can always get another one" are phrases that send a shiver down the spine of anyone who has suffered the passing of a beloved animal.
Pet loss and bereavement are excruciatingly painful and often totally misunderstood.
Even practising counsellors and psychotherapists have difficulty with empathy when it comes to this deeply difficult area of bereavement.
Whether a pet is aging, terminally ill, lost or stolen, placed in a new home or has died, the end of this relationship can cause significant emotional distress.
For many of us, pets have become family members. When we face the loss of a pet we may experience a range of grief reactions. This is both natural and necessary.
In addition, there is something near unique about pet bereavement - the issue of euthanasia.
Many pet owners have had to make a decision that only tiny numbers ever have to make about a human relative - the decision to end a life, with all the guilt and inner turmoil that this entails.
Immediately after the death of a pet, the owner often feels shock or denial.
It may be hard to accept the animal is no longer with us. Our homes may feel very empty and our days long any lonely.
Many owners say it is an event equally as heartbreaking as losing a close family member – something they feel deeply ashamed about admitting, and both confused and frightened by the impact of this death.
Grieving for the loss of your pet is a process not an event.
The process consists of a number of stages, including (but not necessarily in the order of) shock, disbelief, pain, anger, desperation, guilt and acceptance.
There is often no clear beginning or end to the grieving process.
Each person grieves differently. You may get stuck in one phase, or skip others.
Healing will take a dissimilar amount of time for each individual.
The last stage of the process is acceptance and recovery.
You may still experience sadness, but you will have accepted the reality of the loss of your pet, and can look back with happiness on the many pleasant memories of your time together and still move forward with your life.
Although coming to terms with the loss of a loved pet can be devastating, it is also a reflection of the pleasure they brought during their life. The pain and sadness can diminish.
Occasionally, grief can remain unresolved. This is a very real problem and is often a major contributing factor for offering or seeking Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselling.
Have you or someone close to you gone through the loss of your pet? Did you seek counselling to cope with this bereavement? What kind of reactions to this loss did you receive from family, friends and work colleagues? How did you feel about any counselling you received?
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