Following the loss of a cherished companion, we need to allow ourselves to experience feelings of pain and sorrow. Because of the unique emotional relationships we have with our pets, their deaths produce a level of pain that is difficult to describe. All death is traumatic, and people cope with the residual grief in different ways. While this is normal, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain and deal with grief.
KIDS AND PET LOSS
The loss of a beloved pet is a heartbreaking experience. For young members of the family, the death of a pet represents the loss of a best friend, protector, and confidant. This is often the first exposure to grief for children. Both kids and adults can feel a lot of conflicting and difficult emotions. Recognizing and using those emotions in a constructive way is an important lesson for kids to learn.