When we experience the loss of a close friend or family member, we often experience an outpouring of support and sympathy from our friends and community.  They understand that you are grieving and will need their support. However, when it comes to coping with the loss of a pet, many people don’t understand that the resulting grief is just as valid and heart-breaking.  Our beloved pets are welcomed into our family the day they enter our lives, but it can be difficult for people outside of the family to recognize the strong emotional bond we have with our pets. Keep reading for our advice on how to cope with the loss of your pet and how Pet Memories can help you memorialize your pet’s memory.

Acknowledge Your Grief

The first and most important thing to do when coping with the loss of a pet is to acknowledge your grief as valid and real.  Pets provide us with companionship, comfort, and joy, and their loss can be emotionally devastating.  Don’t listen to the thoughts of “it’s just a pet; I shouldn’t be this upset.” Loss is still loss, whether it’s a person or a pet.  Allowing yourself to grieve and accept the validity of your loss is the first step of the grieving process.

Talk Through Your Emotions

One of the best things you can do is to process your emotions in a safe place with someone who understands.  Grief presents itself in many different ways with strong emotions, such as sadness, confusion, or even anger.  Talking about what you’re feeling with a trusted friend or family member is an important part of the grieving process, as it allows you to acknowledge your feelings and begin to find healing.  There are also many support groups and hotlines you can connect with that can provide you with a community of others who know what you’re going through.

Remember the Good Times

While processing your grief is important, it’s equally important to reflect upon the many fond memories you have of your pet.  One way to do this is to ask friends that knew your pet to share their memories of your pet and what they enjoyed the most about them.  While revisiting those memories can be difficult, it helps you remember the happy and full life your pet lived and can bring you some comfort in the midst of your grief.  

Memorialize Your Pet

Finding a way to honor and remember your pet’s life is a great way of keeping their memory alive.  While they may not be here, their impact on your life will remain forever and memorializing all that they meant to you is important.  Planting a tree or some other type of memorial, creating a scrapbook of your favorite photos and memories, or holding a memorial service are just some of the many ways you can ensure your pet’s life is honored and forever treasured.

Contact Pet Memories

Pet Memories was founded in 2008 for the sole purpose of providing a professional and compassionate way of memorializing your pet’s memory.  We provide pet cremation services, including private cremation and AquaCremation, and ensure that your pet is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.  We offer a wide range of urns and memorial options and are available 24/7 to support you during this difficult time and find the memorial option that perfectly captures the life of your beloved pet.  Call us today at 405-800-0800 or contact us on our website to learn more about our services and how we can help you memorialize your pet.