“The loss of my pet has been the most painful loss in my life. I have lost family and friends, and yet I have never felt so much pain. I can barely breathe, my heart is on the ground in a shattered puddle of pieces. Is there something wrong with me? Why do I feel this way about my pet and have never felt this way about losing a person? I feel so guilty and shameful. What will people say about me?”
Firstly, it does not matter what people say, you are the one who is grieving. Their opinions are irrelevant.
Secondly, most people who have experienced the loss of a pet would very likely say they have felt the exact same way.
In truth, our pets give us unconditional love and in return we do our best to give them the same. They don’t ask for it and they don’t expect it. They just receive it with an open and loving heart. They greet us in the morning, cuddle us during the day, entertain us with folly, greet us when we return home, follow us like like sheep and nestle into us when it is time to go to sleep. And then one day it is all gone; All we seem to have left is their empty food bowl, their collar and tags, a few beaten-up toys and a broken heart. Please…never feel guilty or shameful, mourn them and remember them with the same unconditional love that they gave to you.
Because I truly care.