Pet Loss

Our animals are a part of our lives and hearts.  They become members of our families.  They are our confidants, our friends, the loves of our lives.  They love us unconditionally as no one else can.  This is why it can be so devastating to deal with pet loss.

Everyone handles pet loss differently.  Grief can be overwhelming.  And everyone’s belief system is different as well.  There is no right or wrong way to deal with pet loss.  Only you can determine the best way to cope.

When our beloved animals near the end of their lives, we often have to make a difficult decision of whether or not to euthanize our pets.  Euthanasia comes from the Greek meaning “good death.”  However, even knowing that we can make this choice and truly help our animals when needed, it is a hard choice to make.  We question ourselves as to whether or not it is the right time.  And then we doubt ourselves once the decision has been made.  Two of the most common questions that an Animal Communicator gets regarding pet loss are finding out if an animal is ready to pass on or whether or not an animal was ready to go when their person made the decision to euthanize.

If you are facing pet loss, what are some of the questions that an Animal Communicator can ask for you?  A person who has been trained in Animal Communication can ask an animal if they are ready to go.  Surprisingly, animals may choose to stay even though we think they look miserable.  Animals may feel that their job is not finished yet and they are not in as much pain as we think.  An Animal Communicator can ask if the animal wants assistance when his/her time does come.  Some animals need assistance and other animals prefer to go on their own.  An Animal Communicator can find out whether the animal would prefer to die at home.  And our animals can often tell us how we can best remember them and cope with pet loss.

Animals want their people to remember them with laughter and joy.  Animals know that dealing with pet loss is emotionally difficult for their people.  Your animal wants you to smile when you think of him/her.  They may request that you play certain music, create a photo collage, or make a shadow box containing their collar and tags and a small clipping of their fur.  You could make a memory stepping stone and press their paw into the cement before it dries.  Add colored stones, their name tag, or something that reminds you of your pet.  Plant some flowers or a tree in their favorite place in the garden.  These are all wonderful ways to help cope with pet loss.

And know that you are not alone when coping with pet loss.  Talk with friends and family and reminisce about the way your dog used to steal the sandwich off the kitchen counter or how your cat ended up hogging the pillow every night.  Laugh about how your horse tried to steal the treats out of your pocket every day.  Or you can have an Animal Communicator help you cope with pet loss by asking the questions you want to know.  You could even take a workshop to help you learn more about coping with pet loss such as the Death and Dying Workshops or Webinars offered by The Gurney Institute of Animal Communication.

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