To many of us, pets are not just a living possession, something to pass away the time, or to give us a little company and something to do. They are a real member of the family, one whose entire life (or at least a great deal of it) has been spent living alongside us, sharing a bond that is only available ot a very exclusive few. So, when a pet passes away, it is not at all uncommon to want to give them the kind of farewell we reserve for families. And here are a few ways to do it.
Have a moment for them
You and members of your family are likely to have some strong emotions and some lingering thoughts about a pet. It can feel good and feel like you’re paying the proper respects to have a little service or moment for them to act as a memorial. It doesn’t have to be overly formal, but it can be important especially for your children to have the chance to talk about their love of a lost pet. But don’t force anyone to speak if they can’t find any words, we all cope with grief in different ways.
Give them a place to rest
Giving pets a true send-off, with all of the importance and preparation that family members deserve, is far from uncommon. A lot of pet owners might set a plot of land and a makeshift memorial. However, if you think your friend deserves even better, then there are grave stones for pets that you should consider. That way, you can honor them with something that will stand for years to come.
Keep their memory with you
Aside from marking their resting place, or at least a place that has been set aside to remember them, there are also plenty of memorials that you can keep in the home or with you. You can, for instance, create a photo collage of some of your favorite snaps of the pet to put up on the wall. It’s a good idea to choose a memorial that celebrates them and helps you remember them fondly, rather than just something that will only make you feel sad every time you look at it.
Acknowledge and deal with grief
It can be surprising, sometimes, just how hard we can be hit by the loss of a pet. However, the grief that we feel for them can be just as strong as what we might feel for a human member of the family as well, even if some others don’t understand it. For that reason, you might want to consider animal bereavement counseling if you have been having a hard time coping with the loss of a pet. There’s nothing wrong with turning to help when you need it.
There may come a time that you decide to get a new pet, as many of us do. However, you can enjoy their company without guilt knowing that you’ve said goodbye to your old friend the right way.