Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. It isn’t any different with our furkids. What IS different are the reactions of some friends and relatives to our grief when we lose a beloved pet. Fortunately, that is changing.
Having lost my share of pets over the years, I’ve encountered just about every type of reaction imaginable. While most people understand grief, there are those who think we’re nuts to cry when our pet dies. After all, “It’s just a pet,” right? WRONG. Grief isn’t quantifiable. For instance, there’s no way to measure whether my grief for my 16-year-old kitty was more than your grief for your favorite uncle. Grief just IS. And everyone has their own way of dealing with it.
Unlike attending funeral ceremonies held for humans, pet owners tend to grieve alone. These days, more and more of us are finding new ways to memorialize our beloved furkids. We’re also looking to pet retailers to offer items that can help with the grieving process. The fact of the matter is that our pets die. And when they do, we need an outlet for our sorrow, similar to attending a funeral for people. I discovered there are many services available for someone who’s lost a furfriend. A quick Google search will help you find support in your area.
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