More and more people turn to the internet, and with the help of complete strangers they are able to navigate through the wide range of emotions that go hand in hand with loving, and losing a cherished pet.
Facebook has many pages dedicated to pet loss. People will often post a photo and message and receive words of comfort from someone who may even be in a different country.
There are tribute websites where you can create a wonderful tribute for your beloved pet and share it with others.
Some people find comfort comes by way of rescuing a pet. Others may choose to donate money in memory of their pet to help save another pet. Having a new pet enjoy eating their meals from your pet's bowl, sleeping in their pet's bed and playing with their toys can be a great source of comfort. However, adopting a pet while your emotions are still raw from your loss is not always the wisest move. A pet is a lifetime commitment and making a rash decision to adopt a pet is not fair to you or to the pet you adopt. Instead, I recommend volunteering at a shelter or rescue group or fostering a pet. This way you can still enjoy being with a pet, take time to heal and not have to make a commitment until you are ready.
There is no right way or wrong way to grieve. No one can give you an exact timeframe as to how long you should grieve for. However, it is important that your grieving is productive; helping you heal and move forward. Whatever method you choose to help you deal with your loss, make sure it is working for you.
At Just Over The Rainbow Bridge, we help people create unique and meaningful Interactive Memorials for their pets that can be shared with family and friends. We feel it is important to celebrate the life of your beloved pet. Please visit our website, take a guided tour, and let us help you create a memorial to pay tribute to your beloved friend.