3. Find a way to memorialize your pet.
Sometimes we avoid thinking or talking about our pet because it’s too painful. I would offer the challenge of running towards your sadness rather than running away from it. It will be hard but it will bring more peace and resolution around the grief. Sometimes our beliefs about what happens to those we love, human or non-human, factor in, and there are some unknowns but if we can do what we have control over, that is creating a memorial, it reminds us that they were loved and cared for regardless of where they are now.
One of the most comforting things for me during this period was a card from my vet with a beautiful message about the rainbow bridge. Although I knew of this metaphor, I needed to be reminded. It still brings tears to my eyes as I read the card but it also gives hope that my little one is ok and we will be reunited one day.
What My Human To K-9 Connection Has Taught Me
Knowing that I would one day have to say goodbye to my little Chiquita helped me to be more present in every day with her, feeling gratitude for the companionship she offered and for the time we were together. I talked about gratitude in a recent post, “A Gift to Yourself… Finding Gratitude”. and is one of the many lessons she has taught me on this topic, as I am not sure I have ever been as present in my appreciation of another relationship as I have been with her.
Knowing that our pets have short lives, can help us to live more fully in that gratitude which is a life lesson that we could all benefit to learn from. I hope this article brought you some comfort and perspective on your own loved and possibly lost relationships with your pets. I welcome you to please leave a message below and share your thoughts and experiences on this topic.
“I’m not there with you today, but know I haven’t gone astray. I am the wind blowing through your hair and the warmth you feel in the air. When that smile creeps on your face, remember that I am in a good place. And when you’re feeling sad and down, recall memories of me running around. You don’t need to look low and high, just search way deep inside. And know that we’ll never be apart, for I have left my pawprints on your heart.”
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Written By Meredith Flanagan Originally Appeared On Upside Down Flan