|Sharing Your Pet Loss Experience|
|Overcoming grief is a process that
everyone handles differently. For some people it takes a few weeks,
while for others it takes months to get past the deep sense of loss that
comes with their pet's death. I thought it might be nice to have a section where
people could share the experience they went through in the weeks or months
after losing their
experience might help others see that their sadness is not unusual or it
may give someone some ideas for helping them through the grieving
process. If you are interested in sharing your story, I think it
would be of the most value to others to share your story after a few weeks
or months after your pet's death - after you have had some time to
progress through the grieving process.
You might want to begin your story with a little background about your pet's situation.
Next, describe your grieving process. These are just some ideas that you might wish to mention:
It's also ok to say that you had some sense of relief after your pet passed away. Caring for a diabetic pet can be a lot of work, and at the end of your pet's life you may have been spending a lot of time caring for him or cleaning up after potty accidents. It's ok to feel a sense of relief about not having to spend every night cleaning your carpets! Or, maybe your pet's quality of life declined and in a way you were relieved that he or she was no longer in pain or unhappy. There may be some guilt associated with these feelings, like feeling guilty that you were glad you could easily go away for a long weekend without having to plan for a special sitter or boarding care for your pet.
If you would like to include a time-frame of your experience, that might be helpful. Maybe how you felt on a weekly or monthly basis, or whatever you find appropriate to your situation.
Remember, these stories will be posted in our Loss and Grief section so please share only what you are comfortable letting others read. You don't have to identify yourself or put your e-mail address in your story, but our stories usually include the pet's name and the owner's first name or initials so we can identify each person's story on the site.
You can e-mail us your story, or use this web form to submit your story. If you use the form, we suggest you type your story using Notepad or a word processing program so you can save a copy. Then copy and paste your story in to the Story box on the form. If there is a problem with your submission, the information on the form will not be saved but you will have the original story in your notepad or word processing document.
Updated September 2003