Owning a pet, be it any, brings a bundle of joys. Each day turns into a fun-filled moment. For a privileged pet owner, a pet is never just ‘a Pet’ but a treasured member of the family. Whether it is a beloved cat or a dog, it brings companionship like any other member of the family. That companionship is loaded with every emotion that is found and established in other relations, such as love, care, and trust. Therefore, when a dear pet dies, it is natural to have feelings of sorrow, sadness, and distress.
In contrast, the level of pain one feels depend on various factors such as the age and personality of the pet owner, the level of attachment with the pet and the reason of the death of a pet. While everyone responds to the loss of their pet in a different way, one factor proves the intensity of pain similarly. The more the affection and nearness of the pet, the more the level of pain one will feel.
Whatever the conditions of your loss are, feeling a sense of grief is a regular occurrence for any pet owner. However, for some people, the pain turns into a depression or anxiety that remains persistent. If the condition continues to exist and causes hindrances in the ability to function normally, then it is the right time to seek an experts help. We will discuss a few factors that demand expert attention to help cope up with losing a pet.
Age factor; too old or too young
As people become older, their ability to resist and respond to any loss changes — experiences in life and now it is time for a peaceful living. While for children, it might be a more painful experience. Therefore, losing a pet can impact children or a senior more than an adult. Older people have little or no work to distract themselves. Also, if an older person was living alone, and the pet was the only sole companion or a member of the house, then more chances of losing their beloved pet can knock them harder. To avoid falling deeper into depression, it is better to take expert help at an early stage, as this will support to cope well with a pet loss.
Alone or a Single person
As highlighted earlier, a pet is a companion rather than being just an animal. A pet owner who is alone or single and has no one in the family, seeks love and companionship in his pet. For such people, their pet is their sole family member. Therefore, it is relevant to say that losing a pet who is the one and only member, is a difficult phase of life. The time and days spent after losing a pet deconstructs the whole routine and life. It is a distressing sense of feeling. To deal with the loss and get over the sadness, it is advised to seek expert help.
Role of animal
The purpose of each pet in one’s life is different. Animals are owned and nurtured for various reasons. For example, a pet can be a guard dog, a service or therapy animal or an adored family pet. Losing a pet who played multiple roles in your life can leave a great impact in your life. The grief associated with losing such pets multiples than in any other case. Even if the pet owner is trying hard to move on, space and the left out duties carried out by the pet, brings back the frustration. In such cases, an expert help would prove to be useful. Great advice or a listening ear helps to move on with a new positivity.
The reason of Losing a Pet
It becomes more difficult to deal with losing a pet if the reason behind the loss is a shock. Perhaps it was a sudden death or an accident. Your pet might be ill, and you were unable to afford the veterinary treatment. In all such cases, the pet owner may feel a broad sense of guilt. This guilt is always attached with feelings of misery, sorrow, and frustration followed by depression. A sudden blow or a sense of guilt and helplessness affects the mental and physical health of the pet owner. Indeed, such conditions demand urgent assistance and attention of an expert. It is no harm to speak out your guilt to an expert. The recovering process might be slow, but it will be helpful and useful in the long run.
The grief of losing a pet that remains persistent requires the immediate attention of an expert. Any individual who suffers from acute grief might lose the ability to function normally, hindering normal and basic activities of life such as eating or sleeping. When such a condition prevails, the feeling that was natural grief turns into miserable anxiety. In such cases, it is necessary to go for an expert backing.
We all need support at some stage of our lives. It is better to understand this need and do not neglect the call for expert support. It is better to take pet loss grief counseling. No matter what setbacks or challenges we face, we need to move on with positivity.
I am a professional counselor, certified to deal with patients who are suffering from emotional stress or depression. Usually such patients undergo through a trauma or a loss that leaves them disturbed and helpless to recover from the misery. A thorough counselling from a trained counselor is essential to deal with such patients.