5 Things to Remember When Coping With the Passing of a Pet

1. Remember the good times that you had with your pet, and focus on those positive memories. Pets bring ample amount of joy into our lives. There is nothing quite so purely happy as a dog or cat whose owner has just returned home. Pets enjoy each moment of life, and their antics can bring smiles to the faces of their owners, even on bad days or during times of trouble. Savor the months or years that you had with your pet, and remind yourself that this joy was worth the loss you are feeling now. Your pet would not want you to be sad, as your pet was happiest when you were happy.

2. Remember that pets do not fear passing away. Unlike humans, who are aware of and apprehensive about death, pets do not have a conscious sense of the future or their eventual passing. Pets live in the moment and are purely happy for each day they have on earth. Take joy in the fact that your pet was not frightened, but simply passed though a stage that all pets eventually must pass through.

3. Remember that although pets lives our shorter than humans, they’re lives are much more filled with joy. People spend a lot of their time doing tasks that are necessary- going to work, paying bills, taking care of chores and running errands. Pets do not have these tedious tasks to cope with. A dog or cat or other pet is purely happy for each moment they are awake- a simple activity like watching the birds or going for a walk is pure bliss to a pet. Even an afternoon nap is a treat, something to be savored and delighted in. Although their lives are shorter than ours, their enjoyment of simple pleasures ensures their lives are filled with joy.

4. Remember to honor your pet. Writing pet memorials is an excellent way to honor your beloved companion. By writing an online memorial, you are sharing your pets’ memory with the world. You are also giving yourself an opportunity to reflect on the times you and your pet shared, in order to celebrate and remember. When human family members die, we give eulogies in order to remember them, and a pet memorial is a similar concept for our animal friends. It can provide excellent closure and healing to write this memorial, as well as a lasting tribute to your companion. Reading the pet memorials left by others can also help in the grieving process, as you delight in the simple love between a pet and their owner. Pet urns or pet headstones are also excellent ways to honor the memory of your beloved companion.

5. Remember that your pet is still with you. Your pet’s spirit and the times you had together lives on in memory and memorials. Whether you choose to have your pet cremated or buried in your back yard there are a variety of ways to keep pay tribute to the love and friendship that your pet so generously shared with you.