For most of us our pets are beloved members of our families. Coping with their passing is very sad and challenging. Here are a few recommendations to help:
- Talking about the loss is essential. This is especially important with children as it provides them with tools for addressing grief as they move forward in their lives.
- Sharing your favorite memories of your pet is therapeutic. Making a scrapbook of favorite photos and including their collar is often helpful.
- Ensure that everyone in the family has processed the loss before bringing a new pet into your home. The timeframe required is not the same for all family members.
- When the time comes, it is best to welcome your new pet as a new member of your family.