So many emotions come crashing in when a beloved furry friend dies. Feelings of denial, shock, loss, anger - and fear. A part of this fear is that if we stop crying we will forget our little friend. And, that is the last thing that we want to do.
As we begin our way down the path to a new normal without our special friend, it is so important that you honor your pet's life by telling their story. The first step in this is to find someone that will let you honor this story. A person who will not judge you through your story nor judge you through your tears. This is a person that you can be yourself with, someone that you can relive the life of your pet from their arrival as a puppy/kitty up to their death. A person that will allow you to tell the ending to the story repeatedly, sometimes talking about the end while other times searching for some meaning to the end. Many times not needing an answer to the questions that you will be asking, but someone who will just be in presence with you.
Another way you can honor your pet's story is to WRITE their story. Begin a journal that will allow you to experience again the wonderful times that you shared with your furry friend. The laughs! The memories! The events that happened during this time that you were both together! Feel it all again by taking your heart down this very emotional path.
Of course, you will cry. Of course, it will be emotionally draining. But this extremely important task of remembering your pet's life will also be a very important step in helping you to acknowledge your pet's death. This within itself will allow you to move down to the path of grief to a new normal and an acceptance of this change in your life.
Coleen Ellis is the Founder of Pet Angel Memorial Center, the United States first stand-alone pet funeral home. She can be reached at 317-966-0096 or through the website http://PetAngelMemorialCenter.com/