Coping With Grief On The Loss Of Your Great Dane
Many years ago, the Great Dane was used as guard dog and hunter, particularly a boar hunter. They are considered as possession and not something to be taken seriously when they passed away. But that w...
Many years ago, the Great Dane was used as guard dog and hunter, particularly a boar hunter. They are considered as possession and not something to be taken seriously when they passed away. But that was many years ago. The world has changed for over the past decades and so is the purpose of owning an animal. Dogs, cats and many other animals are now popular household pets and are considered as member of the family. They are loved and taken cared of just like a mother to her child.
The pet-owner relationship flourish into a friendship anchored with love and loyalty. Unfortunately, animals are not as blessed as humans when it comes to longevity. Dogs usually die at the age of ten to 14 years, and when they do, the owner is definitely placed in a heart wrenching situation. And what's worst is that a lot of people may not share or may not even understand your grieving for losing just a pet.
I have gained and lost some good friends in my life. I know how difficult the situation is. Below are some things you can do to help you cope with the death of one dear friend, your dog.
- Grieve! Do not be afraid.
Some people may not understand your grieving for losing a pet. But you must remember that it's normal and natural to feel intense grief and pain. Do not let anyone tell you that it's silly or funny or overly sentimental. You do not need your approval to mourn nor you do not have to explain yourself to anyone. People who do not understand your relationship with your dog may not understand the pain. But bear in mind that you are not alone. There are other pet owners around the world who have gone through the same feelings.
- Talk about it.
It's no use not thinking or talking about it. Acknowledge your grief and reach out to those who are willing to listen. Talk about your feelings to people you know can understand you. Talk to your family or friends who love pets. You can also seek help from pet bereavement counseling services, pet-loss support hotlines, local or online bereavement groups, books, videos and magazine articles. You can even express your feelings through journal or blog.
- Keep yourself busy.
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