What am I gonna do without you?
Hey folks. Welcome back to thedoggyperspective.com. In today’s article I am taking a look at grieving. Grieving for your pets. Sigh. It’s hard. I was torn apart this morning by a post I read on losing one of many pets. In particular, this individual spoke to the fostering of kittens. Four kittens to be exact. Once the kittens were prepared for adoption, SURPRISE! The foster family adopted all four kittens.
They lost two kittens shortly thereafter. A while later, one more of the four passed away. As time goes by, the last of the group stopped eating. Two weeks passed by without any food or water. As you can imagine, the cat withered away. Finally,. It hid. Then died in its hiding space. That’s not what inspired me to write. It’s the pet parent. You see, he left the dead cat out for a while so that the other pets in the home could visit with its body. There are at least three dogs and a couple other variety there.
The cat was cremated. The owner admits to having difficulty letting go of the pet. By that, I mean its cremated body remains. He still has the ashes. That’s not weird. But he says he has boxes of ashes packed into his home from the last past 30 years of cremated pet remains. Here is where I’ve become concerned. This cannot be healthy! This cannot be healthy for the pet parent, nor for the animals residing at his home. Can you imagine? As one of those pets, think, I must be going into the ashes boxes. Who could live a long healthy life there, knowing that in the after life, the pet owner won’t let them go?
It may be impossible for me to fully relate. I can’t imagine a day without letting go of Sophia. She loves the wind. She loves the sunshine. The rain is a bummer but, hey! We go out there anyway. She reigns supreme in the cold and snowy weather, looking more majestic. I venture to say that on some days, she appears HOLY. Even in death, I know implicitly that I must let her go. Probably, into the places and spaces where she was forbidden. The thicket with the thorns. The fox holes. The tree with the wide and deep burrow. The middle of the street. The places that intrigue her, but scare the crap outta me. In the afterlife and with my blessing, she can now go there. Sigh.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE IT
- Pet Loss Grief Support Hotline https://daybydaypetsupport.com/24-7-hotline/
- Your Local County Animal Shelter
- Your Local Funeral Home
- Your Veterinarian
- Online Support Groups *Facebook *Instagram *Pinterest
- Memorial Jewelry and Keepsakes www.spiritpieces.com
Do yourself a favor. Honor them as you would a beloved family member. It is okay to grieve. Give yourself permission to cry. Then handle it, please.
PET LIFE INSURANCE
Okay guys. That’s it. It is important that you realize the end of life process for your pet. If your funds are limited, consider Pet Life insurance. It may help cover disposal and funeral expenses too. And folks, take care of yourselves.
Here’s a link. https://www.lifeinsurancetypes.com/can-i-buy-life-insurance-for-my-dog/