Pets are not “just animals” – our pets fulfill roles in our lives much like people. One of the most difficult times for a pet owner is handling events leading to a pet’s end of life. Just as pets deserves to live life to the fullest, they also deserve a peaceful end without loss of quality of life. Although every loss is unique and each grieving experience different, we empathize with feelings and emotions our clients feel when their pet is gone.
It’s important to process the end-of-life experience to minimize any additional discomfort or distress to both yourself and your pet. Emotions experienced may be painful and difficult but completely rational. Grief can occur during, after, but even before the loss of your beloved pet. These feelings may present in several ways, all of which are normal: guilt, anger, irritability, hopelessness, being 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 may also benefit those grieving to speak to people who empathize and understand. Not all people can process this profound life change. Some may compound your grief, but do not fault these people – not everyone is fortunate enough to find joy in a pet’s companionship. You neither need anyone’s approval to mourn, nor must you justify your feelings or actions.
VREC offers many types of aftercare considerations as an everlasting tribute to your pet. These services can be tailored to fit your wishes. For more information, please call 570-587-7777.