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Pet Loss and the Enneagram

You may be reading this and wonder how the Enneagram can help your pet loss grief. Or you may also be asking . . . “What is the Enneagram (any-a-gram)?

The Basics of the Enneagram

I don’t want to overwhelm you in this article about the details of the Enneagram but I do want to share with you some basics.

The Enneagram is a beautiful and ancient system of typing our personalities. It is based on nine numbers arranged in a geometric figure.

Once you know your type it can help you understand your patterns on how you interpret the world and manage your pet loss grief emotions, etc.

Understanding pet loss and the Enneagram helps you know what you need when anticipating the loss of your pet and after your beloved companion’s passing.

More About Pet Loss and the Enneagram

Since it is based on nine personality types and when you know your type—you can navigate your grief and loss journey in a more healing way.

It also helps you understand what you are going through. Just by knowing your type can give you a grounding force when experiencing all the emotions, stages, and experiences of pet loss.

This grounding can help you see the way forward. It gives you tools and shows you what you may need to fully grieve and heal.

Pet Loss and The Enneagram

As a Certified Essence of the Enneagram practitioner I am going to share with you some basic ways each type deals with pet loss.

Please keep in mind . . . this is a very basic list. There is so much more that goes into reavealing your type and how it can help you during your grief and loss journey.

When I work with my animal mediumship and pet loss clients, we often go into much more detail.

The Basics of the 9-Types

  1. Perfectionist (Type 1): Perfectionists may struggle with feelings of guilt and self-blame after losing a pet. It’s crucial for them to acknowledge that grief is a natural part of life, and imperfections in the grieving process are acceptable.
  2. Helper (Type 2): Helpers often find comfort in supporting others. However, it’s important for them to recognize and address their own grief rather than solely focusing on the needs of those around them.
  3. Achiever (Type 3): Achievers may struggle with the pressure to appear strong and composed. It’s essential for them to embrace vulnerability and allow themselves to grieve authentically.
  4. Individualist (Type 4): Individualists may deeply feel the loss and may need to navigate through their unique emotional landscape. It’s crucial for them to acknowledge and express their emotions without judgment.
  5. Investigator (Type 5): Investigators might intellectualize their grief, seeking understanding and control. While analysis can be helpful, it’s equally important for them to connect with their emotions and embrace the grieving process.
  6. Loyalist (Type 6): Loyalists may grapple with anxiety and fear after a loss. Establishing a support system and trusting the grieving process can be particularly beneficial for them.
  7. Enthusiast (Type 7): Enthusiasts may initially distract themselves from the pain of loss by seeking joy and excitement. However, confronting and processing grief is crucial for their long-term healing.
  8. Challenger (Type 8): Challengers may struggle with vulnerability, and it’s important for them to recognize that grieving does not diminish their strength. Expressing and embracing emotions is a courageous act.
  9. Peacemaker (Type 9): Peacemakers may be prone to avoiding conflict and suppressing their emotions. It’s essential for them to confront their grief and engage in the healing process actively.

As You Can See . . .

This is a very basic list. But it can help you get started learning about pet loss and the Enneagram. It can help you understand where you may orient yourself when grieving.

The Enneagram has changed many lives during the grieving process. The healing is kind, profound, and filled with valuable wisdom.

The Enneagram serves as a valuable tool for navigating the complex terrain of pet loss grief. By understanding your Enneagram type and recognizing your unique tendencies, you can approach the healing process with self-compassion and authenticity.

Remember that grieving is a personal journey. Finding solace through the Enneagram can provide a roadmap to understanding and embracing the emotions that accompany the loss of a cherished pet.

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