Most people in their lifetime could probably say they've had some kind of pet. Whether it be a dog, cat, bunny, reptile, or even a fish, this animal becomes a huge part of your life and not only do you do everything in your power to keep it alive and happy, but you also experience the unconditional love this animal gives to you on a daily basis. This animal, no matter what, holds this one goal and its only to make you happy and a beautiful relationship forms. Unfortunately, our life spans are significantly longer than our furry friends and the dreaded time does come when our friends eventually pass away. Here's a few things to remember and keep in mind when dealing with this hard time.
1. You are not alone
Please remember that majority of the world deals with losing a pet. Some grieve more than others, but there are many out there that can tell you that you will get through this and time truly does heal all wounds.
2. Don't blame yourself
Your furry friend did not die because of you, and thinking this just makes a person hurt even more. Whatever happened to your pet was unavoidable and meant to happen when it did. We out live our animals no matter how well we take care of them and that's out of anyone's control.
3. Never let their memory fadeGiphy
Keep the pictures and the videos and never let yourself forget about them. Just like they could never forget you.
4. There is no more suffering
Whatever the situation may be, if you pet passed away suddenly or expected, he/she has passed and there is no more suffering. Your beloved animal has met with peace, and eventually, so should you.
5. They loved youGiphy
They loved you endlessly, even up until those last moments, don't ever think they didn't love you.
6. Remember the good times
Most likely every encounter with your animal has been positive. Your pet only ever looked at you as its best friend and partner in life. Remember your friend and the wonderful times that were shared, and days without them will become easier and easier with these memories in the back of your mind.
7. You were a great best friend to themGiphy
Don't sell yourself short, your pet loved you more than food and they LOVE food.
8. The best way to heal, is to let their legacy live on
You may not think that getting another pet is a good idea right now. But don't tell yourself you'll never get another one. They would want you to love other animals the same way you did them.
9. It will get better and they're watching over you
They say when a pet goes to heaven, you have a forever guardian angel by your side. Religious or not, I think it's true.
Not only is this written to help others deal with loss of their furry best friend, but its also in memory of my late best friend, Cyrus. No dog will ever replace the love I had for my Cyrus, as he was my best friend for 8 years. My family lost him suddenly last year due to diabetes, and the hurt and grief some days are hard to bare.
Even though its been over a year since he died, I sometimes still expect to see him when I come home after a long day, or even sometimes call out his name by mistake. For the longest time, looking at photos or even recalling memories of him to others was too hard and resulted in tears, but now it's all laughs and fond memories that bring a huge smile to my face. Losing a pet that you love so unconditionally is a very hard thing, but as time goes on, it gets much easier and you remember your friend as being a beautiful and positive part of your life.
In Loving Memory Of Cyrus, I love you so much!