How to cope with the death of a family pet

No one can take away the heartbreak that comes with losing a pet. So it’s important that you give yourself time to grieve and approach this difficult period in a way that gives you the best chance of coming to terms with your loss.

Everyone grieves differently

It’s important to remember that everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. Some people will gradually come to terms with their loss on their own in a few weeks or months, but for others it can be a longer and more difficult process, so be patient.

A mixture of emotions is understandable and it is perfectly normal to feel sad, lonely or even frightened. It’s always best to show these emotions and avoid trying to ignore or hide them. Keeping them bottled up can make it harder in the long run.

Here are some suggestions on how to process grief:

Helping a child grieve for a pet

The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience of death, and it can be a scary and upsetting time for them. It’s normal for a child to look to blame someone or themselves after the death of an animal. Still, this is a good time to teach them how to cope with these emotions, which they will inevitably feel at some point in their life.

Here are some helpful tips to support your child:

Sadly, bereavement is an inevitable stage of life for most pet owners. But by addressing the issues rather than hiding from them, this period can be manageable and a time for sharing in great memories and moments.

If you do need any extra support or advice, then the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service is available to help you through this difficult time.