Mourning the death of your furry best friend – How to deal with the death of your dog
It’s been years since I lost one of my beautiful fur kids due to a long term illness and after all these years whenever I see her picture or a dog that looks like her I feel sad. Not everyone would understand what we go through during our grieving process. But it’s okay to mourn the loss of your fur child, it’s quite normal to feel hurt, your dog was there by your side every day with a big smile on their face and was a huge part of your life, and suddenly they are gone from your life forever.
A death of a canine member of your family could possibly hurt just as much as losing a close family member or a friend.
So here are some helpful tips to cope with the grief of losing your beloved dog.
Don’t be scared to mourn– for many of us, our dogs are not just a dog, they are a huge part of our life. So mourning the loss of your trusted companion is quite normal. Don’t hold back your tears, its okay to be sad or cry. Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel.
Talk to your family and friends– Don’t keep it all in and bottle up your feelings. Reach out to your family and friends, tell them how you feel. Join a few pet loss support groups, read about pet loss. There’s always someone who knows what you are going through.
Do something kind– If you feel up for it, do a random act of kindness in memory of your fur child.
- Leave a bucket of tennis balls in a park/ beach for other pooches to play.
- Spend a day volunteering at a rescue animal shelter
- Sponsor a rescue dog online
If you have other pets, try to maintain the normal routine around the house– if you have a few pets in your house, don’t forget that pets grieve as well. So you must take that into consideration and make sure they get a wee bit more attention and affection to help them get through too. Also this would help you take your mind off mourning the death of your furry best friend.
When you are ready, think about another dog – We’ve all been there, when my dog died, I thought to myself that I will never get another dog, no one could ever replace my pup. But consider giving another fur child a second chance in life and honour your dog’s wonderful life by saving another. With the passing of time think about opening your home and heart to another rescue pup or consider fostering a pup in need.
“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love and loyalty. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.”
– Erica Jong