Coping With The Loss Of A Pet

By: Ian Elliott
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Pets are some of our most faithful and loyal companions. They offer comfort, support, and unconditional love, which is why losing them can be a heartbreaking experience. At Arbutus Funeral Service, we want to help people accept and heal from this loss. There are several steps you can take to process the grief healthily.

1. Don’t Underestimate the Pain

Many people assume that a pet’s demise isn’t as painful as a human family member’s death. Unfortunately, that’s not true and most owners experience intense grief over it. Some psychologists suggest that the loss of a pet can be even more debilitating than a loss of a relation. You can only heal if you acknowledge this pain before coming up with coping mechanisms to deal with it.

2. Memorial Service

Arrange a memorial service with close friends and family to honor your pet. That will give you some comfort or solace, helping everyone accept the beloved companion’s demise. Invite people who accept and respect your grief to this gathering so they can offer some genuine support.

3. Take a Break

Take a break away from work and daily responsibilities. Go on a drive, visit a beach, or go on a trek with a friend. Find activities that will distract you by engaging your mind and body. Taking a break helps people recover better and get into the right mindset. You’ll be better prepared for everyday life after spending some time away from it. It doesn’t have to be a long trip, just go out for a weekend or request a couple of days off to process everything.

Have any questions about organizing a funeral or want to book funeral services? Just contact us or give us a call (604) 888-9895. We at Arbutus Funeral Service will be happy to help.

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