We’ve talked before on Animal Airwaves about the pain that follows losing a special animal companion. But it’s a subject worth revisiting — mostly to let those grieving know they’re not alone.
It’s tough enough when others in your world don’t understand the extent of your grief. But when you yourself are thrown by the depths of it, you can go into a tailspin.
That’s why some call this disenfranchised grief — that is, grief without a place to go. But there are ways to heal. Some who’ve lost animals find comfort in writing them remembrance letters. Others find solace in reading books on pet loss. And some folks feel embraced for just who they are in pet loss support groups.
There are all kinds of ways to honor your pet and yourself. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions if you’re having trouble finding your way.