When a beloved pet dies, it can change your entire routine. Perhaps you got up early to take the dog for a walk before work or to refill the cat's food dish. It may be the absence of these routines that intensifies your grief now that these tasks are no longer necessary. It will take time, but eventually you will get to a new normal. Until that happens, it's important to allow yourself all the time you need to grieve the loss of a relationship that is like no other.
Say Farewell in an Official Way
Whether you choose cremation or traditional burial for your pet, consider hosting a formal ceremony for yourself and others who loved the animal. This ritual helps to make the death more real and brings about a sense of closure. It also gives everyone who loved the cat, dog, or other type of pet the opportunity to come together to support one another.