Grieving Pet Loss?
Did you know that it is okay to feel Joy while you are?
Are you wondering if your feelings of Grieving Pet Loss are Normal?
A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the 7 Grief and Loss Stages for Pet Loss I also revealed how important they are for healing your heart after the loss of your pet.
Yet, as promised I would like to share with you…A little more about grief…with helpful information that I share with my clients about what are normal grief feelings during the grieving pet loss journey.
I will also share with you a great exercise that will give you the chance to re-visit the routines, adventures, games, and/or quiet times that you had together.
This exercise will help you remember the special times that you shared with your pet that brought you joy! It will help you not feel guilty about feeling joy while you are Grieving Pet Loss.
Let’s Get Started….
Since your love remains constant for your companion remember to never devalue your grief over the loss.
Your grieving pet loss journey will progress with a time frame all its own. The good news is that ultimately your pet loss grief will bring wisdom and will bring you to a new place that is different from where you were before your loss.
Trust that…it is a beautiful place to come home to and that is where your pet wants you to be….celebrating their life and feeling joy!
Now here are some examples of NORMAL grief that I promised you!
- Physical ~ crying, sobbing, wailing, numbness, dry mouth, nausea, tightness in the chest, restlessness, fatigue, sleep disturbance, appetite disturbance, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath
- Intellectual ~sense of unreality, inability to concentrate, feeling preoccupied with the loss, hallucinations concerning the loss, a sense that time is passing very slowly, desire to rationalize feelings about the loss
- Emotional ~ anger, depression, guilt, anxiety, relief, irritability, desire to blame others about the loss, self-doubt, lowered self-esteem, feeling overwhelmed, feeling out of control, hopeless or helpless
- Social ~ feelings of isolation, alienation, feeling rejected by others, reluctance to ask for help
- Spiritual ~ feeling angry at one’s deity when a loss occurs, bargaining with a deity to prevent loss
Remember moments of JOY are okay. It is your body telling you that it is okay to take a break from feeling sad.
Here is a way to rekindle YOUR Joy from Grieving Pet Loss
Find a quiet yet special place that you and your pet loved. Bring a piece of paper, a journal, or your computer to write on. You can start this exercise by listening to the meditation in your Free Gift.
Ask your pet the following question and write what comes to you. Write from your heart…no one is judging you.
Allow your grieving pet loss to take place but also allow feelings of JOY.
- What are some of your favorite places (inside or outside) that we visited together and why?
- What did we like to do together that made me laugh
- Who were my pet friends that we loved to visit with?
- Ask yourself – What feelings of grief are coming up when I work on this question?