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Advice from a Compassionate Pet Taxidermist: How to Cope with the Loss a Pet

November 2, 2016 9:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Because they are often with us for many years, our pets are like family. If they’re sick or hurt, we will do whatever it takes to make them better. And when they pass away, we grieve their loss with great sadness, while at the same time remembering them for being the best puppy or kitty ever. The death of a pet can bring on an incredible heartache that can stay with you for a long time—that’s not unusual.

Here’s some advice from a compassionate pet taxidermist regarding how to cope with the loss a beloved pet.

Reach out to others

It’s important that you don’t lock yourself up in the house or close off communication with friends and family after a pet has died. You will be experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions during this time, and sometimes just talking it out with a good listener can make you feel a little better. If you don’t want to talk in person, consider reaching out to online groups and discussion forums that are dedicated to pet loss. After all, these folks are going through the same thing you are, or have in the past.

There’s no rush to store things

You can put away your late pet’s things, but there’s absolutely no rush to pack up your pet’s belongings after they’ve passed. Things like beds, food bowls, toys, treats and collars are likely reminders of all the good times you two had together, so do what you have to do to make coping easier. And while your pet’s photos might be hard to look at, it could put a smile on your face when you need it the most.

Take time to grieve

Know that everyone will handle grief differently. Taking some time to grieve by yourself before wanting to talk to people about your loss is normal, and if that is a more comfortable process for you, then do it. On the other hand, there are mourners who need the comfort of others, and for friends and family to be around them while they try to get a grasp on what has happened. The key thing here is to take all the time you need to grieve, but make sure to also maintain your health.

Don’t ignore other pets

Animals also experience loss, which is why you must not ignore any other pets in your home. You have to remember that they are grieving the loss of a sibling or friend, as well as sensing your emotions. And even though you are sad, they are still relying on you to care for them.

Learn about pet preservation

You’ve probably heard of animal taxidermy, but did you know that some companies specialize in pet taxidermy? Some pet owners may want to preserve their dog, cat or other pet in a way that lets them see a deceased pet in their physical form. Learning more about pet preservation will help you decide if this option is best for you.

If you would like to talk to a professional, understanding pet taxidermist, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Animal Family Pet Preservation.

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