Years ago, it was common for dogs to be tied up outside their master's home. The iconic doghouse image is still part of our culture. Pet bereavement was not considered a genuine loss, and grieving a pet was done alone, silently, if at all. However, our relationship with our pets has evolved. Just as we no longer put our dogs on a chain outside the house, we no longer consider our pets less than our family.
This is because they are our family.
When we experience the loss of a pet, we experience the loss of the love, companionship, and sense of trust between us and them.
Our pets are with us daily in a way that people are not; they see us at our best and worst. They are unshakable and nonjudgmental support. Whether they have been trained as one or not, all pets function as therapy animals to some extent. Their presence in our lives and our relationships with them provides companionship, reduces feelings of loneliness, and eases the symptoms of depression and anxiety. When our pets die, we lose a significant and often vital source of support and comfort. Some people have better relationships with their pets than with other humans; losing such a relationship is profoundly painful.
With the help of pet loss coaching, we can speak our and our pet's stories. We can share our grief with someone who understands and genuinely cares about animals and knows that animal loss can hurt as much as the loss of people. This can help us find healing sooner than we would by pushing these feelings of loss and grief under the surface to fit into others' and society's expectations. A pet loss coach is your friend and a witness to your grief, loss, and, eventually, the beginning of your healing.
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