Hey there, nature lover! My warmest hello to you today, from tropical paradise Maceió (Alagoas, Brazil) where the blue sea kisses the sky, the sand is golden and soft like velvet, and the sun is always bright! How have you been since last time? It’s great to be on the road again, traveling and wandering this amazing tropical continent, and I’m so glad I can share this journey with you. Right now I’m enjoying the sun and the sea all the way from São Paulo to northeastern Brazil. And If you’ve seen my daily updates on facebbok and Instagram you probably know that there have been a few bumps on the road to paradise.
My dear dog Fifi died last week, and the family is just recovering from this loss. Fifi was a precious dog and real friend to us, and she will be missed. I am definitely grieving for her, and today I want to be plain and honest with you: for a lot of people the death of a pet can be as sad as losing a close friend or family member. And IT IS OK to feel sad and grieve the loss of our animal friends.
That´s why today I want to share with you what I’ve been learning about grieving and coping with a pet loss, in case you ever need help and support for saying goodbye to your dog, cat or other pet. So come and seat with me on the sand for a while, let’s enjoy life and this beautiful world – we will do it for ourselves and for our animal friends.
4 Tips To Help You Coping With A Pet Loss
Tip #1 Never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend. Some people can’t understand the bond between a pet and its owner and they might think it is strange ti cry and grieve the death of a dog, cat, or other pet. If that happens to you, you have no reason to try and explain yourself or justify your grieve, feeling ashamed or guilty for feeling what you feel. Loosing a close friend is difficult and if your close friend was an animal, grieving is only a natural thing to do.
Tip #2 Your grieve is your own. So don’t let anyone tell you how to grieve or what to feel, and don’t judge yourself either. Remember you are free to experience your feelings the way they are, allow your emotions to be true, feel sad and cry if you need to, laugh if you feel like. No judgement.
Tip #3 Allow space for rituals, they can help healing. Have a goodbye ceremony, a funeral, create a dedicated photo album or do any other kind of symbolism that can help you with closure if you so need it. There is nothing wrong with using rituals and symbolism to cope with the loss of a pet. Remember, you are the one who had a relationship with your pet, and you can decide how you are going to close it and why.
Tip #4 Look after yourself. Before the death of a pet sometimes there is a series if events that culminate in the loss, such as the pet being suck and very dependable on the owner. All these events can make you feel tired, and so, remember to take care if yourself eating healthy, resting and using sone quiet time ti recover physically and emotionally if you need it.