The Passing of a Pet

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
When your best friend dies

When your best friend dies


Our modern culture contributes to the avoidance in dealing with the reality of death.

This subject is often considered so ugly that many people feel it is impolite to even mention the D word.

Many choose to use optional words instead.

Death is seen to be bad, the ugly enemy—much too frightening and upsetting to confront directly.

Many people are very glad to leave the details to the professional or clergy, and relieve them-selves of fearful and unknown responsibilities and reactions. Unfortunately, this avoidance still leaves us very vulnerable

When a person loses a pet, their bereavement is often very different than for the loss of a human. It may at first seem remarkable, but many normal people can grieve more for a dear pet than for a close relative or friend—or sometimes even a spouse.

Mourning for a pet is usually not comparable to any other kind of bereavement. We share a large part of our lives with pets, including some very private feelings which we would never allow ourselves to trust or communicate to another person. Like the morning walk during the summer by the lake or reading or watching your favorite book or program.

The relationship we develop with a pet defines the quality and style of our lives. We engender this,and ultimately become products of our creation. We love them as pets, or as replacements for other people. Sometimes people have hidden agendas or have conditional love but our favorite pets never do.


The human-pet bond is growing strong in recent economic hard times, and we have come to a changing point in human behavior and awareness of the effects this has on us.

Pet bereavement and its related concerns are emerging as a new, powerful social phenomenon of our culture. The fast growth and visibility of vast pet-related industries is also causing a new public awareness of this once little-understood and secret bond

We get much love and delight from them in life, and we grieve deeply for them when they die. Because of the unique enhancement they provide in our lives, they become a treasured part of us, forever.

When a pet’s life ends, more dies than just a beloved companion animal.

Since we subliminally make them into living symbols of our own innocence and purest feelings, it can feel as if a treasured secret part of each of us also dies. But this can be reborn as we slowly pick up our shattered emotional pieces and move on.

At this point in our healing,it is often natural to feel a need for a spiritual reunion with the pet.It is in our nature to want to believe that our souls will meet again—Sometimes a small piece of cremation jewelry or a memorial can help ease the pain see details here

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