Are you aware of how much time you spend reminiscing about “the good old days” with your pet?” Rediscovering memories and thoughts of the past can bring you happiness.
When You Recollect the Fun Times
When having recollections and reliving a unique experience that you had with your pet, allow yourself to relish in the joy, excitement, and/or contentment the activity or event gifted you. When you do this your ability for rediscovering memories can heal your soul.
Society Can Judge
And yes, reminiscing sometimes gets a bad rap in our society. We are sometimes told grieving for losing a pet is ridiculous.
Please don’t listen . . . it can be easy during your pet loss journey to believe the useless myths by giving into the pressure of society.
Rediscovering Memories is Okay
Is there really any harm in thinking back to beautiful times you spent with your beloved companion? Honestly, it depends on your purpose behind it.
- Are you rediscovering memories because you want to escape, or rush your grief?
- Are you simply bringing yourself joy?
If rediscovering memories are bringing you joy . . . then go for it. Allow your heart and soul to soar to bring you to a calming and beautiful healing place.
Rediscovering Memories that brought you joy or gratification is a great way to understand what might bring you fulfillment in the present or future with your pet loss journey.
You may have a busy schedule and it is easy to forget that your pet loss grieving journey takes dedicated attention.
I would like you to take some time for you and your pet. Go to a place where rediscovering memories is okay in your world. Allow yourself to become fulfilled by your memories and hold them close as they are yours.
Insight for Rediscovering Memories
As you search for moments that make you feel fulfilled with the memories of your companion, allow yourself to feel your soul to balance herself and feel joy, happiness, pleasure, and contentment.
Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL
- Find a photo of your beloved companion. Study it more closely than you ever have before. Look at all the elements in the photo—pet’s expression, location, etc.
- After you study the photo, try to remember how you felt at that time and list all the sensory details of that moment (smell, noises, weather, etc.). Write about it.
- How does it feel now when you look at the photo?