Grieving for the Loss of a Pet

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Loss of a pet can be devastating…

Six years ago we lost Jazz our Golden Retriever. He was not old – about 9-years – but he got sick and the vet did the tests and they discovered untreatable cancer.

We took Jazz home and he spent the weekend with us and then on Monday we took him in to be put to sleep. Within the space of a few days of being diagnosed he couldn’t get up steps and lost interest in eating or going outside.

It was an easy decision to put him to sleep as his quality of life was severely impacted. He left us with his companion, our Husky Mix – Buddy.

Buddy turns 11-years old this year, and last week he got real sick. He lost interest in eating and drinking and was in great discomfort getting up or down from laying down position.

It seemed every joint in his body was under attack! The vets started treating Buddy for a stomach parasite but he didn’t respond and his temperature went to 104.3!

We took Buddy into the local Animal Hospital emergency room on Saturday morning and he was admitted. That day they found a tumor on his liver. They also found he was infected with a tick disease. They started treating him for the tick but prepared us for the worse.

We visited Buddy on the Sunday expecting to say goodbye one last time, but instead found a dog who was well on the road to recovery and eager to go play outside.

Buddy is back with us recovering from his tick infection – but the tumor still looms over him.

I grieved for Jazz when he passed away for a long time. I wasn’t looking forward to repeating it for Buddy, although at some point I know I will.

I saw other people at the animal hospital who this weekend was not as lucky as us. They had to say a tearful goodbye to their companions. The death of their pet affected them deeply, and as much as the death of a person.

An adult grieving for the loss of a pet is done mostly quietly and behind “closed doors.” It is acceptable for a child who has lost a pet to openly grieve but there seems less acceptance for an adult to be open about it.

For many, going through the grieving, this unsympathetic tolerance seems callous.

The fact is grieving for the loss of a pet is natural and there is no shame. Pets are part of the family – they bring immense joy and companionship to us and we suffer their accidents, bad habits, and occasional poor behaviors.

It’s no wonder when we lose a pet we feel sad and empty. The danger is it can consume us and impede us from functioning normally.

When grieving for a pet takes over our life then hypnosis can help us learn how to grieve consciously. The power of hypnosis to transport you to a place of peace and calm helps soothe your heart and pain.

Hypnosis helps you get beyond sadness quicker where you can remember your pet with joy and gladness.

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Erika Slater, CH
Director
Free At Last Hypnosis

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