Dealing with Complicated Pet Loss Grief is very challenging to a pet lover.
Has it ever happened to you where your pet escapes from your home? Did this pet ever come home? Are you suffering from the pain of not knowing whatever happened to them?
This type of pet loss grief is called Complicated Pet Loss Grief It’s where a traumatic loss event is unresolved or has an incomplete ending.
Complicated Pet Loss Grief has many elements but the most difficult one to “solve” is finding closure.
More About Complicated Pet Loss Grief
With runaway situations, incomplete endings and finding closure leaves us wondering what has happened to our companion if they do not return to our homes and hearts.
Complicated pet loss grief is tough because you can rarely get to the point of truth. Your grief emotions will begin to surface that may impact your life consciously or unconsciously. It’s also a time where guilt will lead to anxiety and even panic.
Please keep in mind that it’s important to remember that you didn’t plan for your pet to run away and disappear. Accidents such as leaving the backyard gate open or forgetting to lock the doggo door that gives your indoor cat a chance to escape happen. This can easily create Complicated Pet Loss Grief.
Sharing Joanne’s Story
I recently got a call from a woman whose dog disappeared from her yard. Her story was heart-wrenching as she described her loss. She was going through many feelings and emotions. Plus, she was confused with the stages of grief.
She shared with me how she let her dog out for his evening activities like she always did. When she checked on him ten minutes later she noticed that the gate was open and he was gone.
As she continued her story with me her feelings of grief for not remembering to close the gate were massive. She was trying to find closure with her loss.
I would like to share with you the….
Three Top Emotions of Complicated Pet Loss Grief
- Guilt – Is onne of the most common and powerful of grief emotions with Complicated Pet Loss Grief. It punishes us and leaves us feeling negative. It also leads to anxiety and panic as we place blame on ourselves.
Even though guilt is a normal feeling when grieving it can create chaos and become unhealthy. If you are feeling guilty keep in mind this is a normal part of grief. Just be mindful if you become overwhelmed and unable to meet your daily needs.
If this happens your complicated pet loss grief has become abnormal so please contact your healthcare provider.
- Crying – I have found that crying, sadness, and even anger in regards to complicated pet loss grief is common and normal as well.
This is part of the grieving process and it’s important to allow yourself to go through it. Grieving is very hard work especially when there is no closure with an unexpected loss.
- Overwhelm – Grief cannot be rushed and it may seem endless to you right now. This alone can easily overwhelm you.
Be mindful of what you are going through. Take one moment at a time. Complicated Pet Loss Grief is heart-wrenching. The important thing to remember is to take care of your self during this time.
Are you going through complicated pet loss grief? What are you doing to take care of your self? I have many books on Amazon that you may find helpful with you complicated pet loss grief.