Just a dog?
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France
World Pet Memorial Day was this past Sunday...
When we think of grief, our family members come to mind... and pets are family too. Grief is a process, one that is different for everyone. I love Red and Howling's advice:
"...remember when you lose a pet, take care of yourself, too. Surround yourself with those who truly understand what you are going through. You've lost a child, a member of your family and it takes lots of time to heal."
But what if you don't have someone who understands what you are going through? What if the people you are surrounded with are telling you, "it was just a cat..." "it's not normal for you to be this sad about _______" "dogs die, it's part of life, you need to get over it." "I just don't get you animal people."
Please don't let that stop you from allowing yourself to be sad and to grieve. It is perfectly normal and acceptable to grieve the loss of a pet. Furthermore, it is completely valid to seek out grief counselling when you're feeling lonely, hopeless, consumed with heartache, or any of the million things you might be feeling with the loss of a special family member.
World Pet Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of June. Here's to all the wonderful pets who've crossed our paths and made our hearts happier and filled our lives with love. Who are you thinking of when you read this?