We understand pets are not “just animals”. Our pets fulfill roles in our lives much like people do, and it makes sense that one of the most difficult times for a pet owner is dealing with events leading to a pet’s end of life. Just as a pet deserves to live life to the fullest, they deserve a peaceful end without the loss of quality of life. Although every loss is unique and each grieving experience different, the staff at VREC empathize with the feelings and emotions that our clients feel when their pet is gone.
The emotions you experience may be painful and difficult but completely rational, and it’s important to process the end-of-life experience to minimize any additional discomfort or distress to both yourself and your pet. Grief can occur before, during, and after the loss of your beloved pet and can present itself several ways, all of which are normal: guilt, anger, irritability, a feeling of hopelessness, feeling more emotional than usual, depression, crying spells, or even hallucinations. During times of grief it is exceptionally important to maintain a level of self-care. It is also important to speak to people who empathize and understand you are grieving. Not all friends or family will acknowledge this profound life change and may compound your grief, but do not fault these people: not everyone finds or understand the joy of a pet’s companionship. You neither need anyone’s approval to mourn, nor must you justify your feelings or actions.
VREC is able to offer many types of aftercare considerations as an everlasting tribute to your pet. These services can be tailored to fit your wishes. We can also refer you to local psychologists, social workers and clinicians who can help you during this emotional time of grief.
For more information, please call 570-587-7777.