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A large number of people choose to have pets simply because they love animals. Out of the numerous animals people bring home as pets, dogs are the most common. More often than not, people form a strong and deep bond with their pooch(es). Be it a single pooch, or multiple pooches, the hardest part for a dog owner is, perhaps, the death of their pooch.
The grieving process
Grieving is an individualized process, and varies from person to person. Every person grieves differently. While some express their grief by devoting most of their time to work, some grieve by crying, or becoming violent. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, in her book On Death & Dying, states that the grieving process has five stages. They are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The intensity of emotions until reaching the final stage of acceptance depends on various factors. These factors include your age, the bond you shared with your pooch, and the role he/she played in your life.
Why is it normal to miss your pooch?
Based on various research studies, it has been established that the animal-human bond is strong. In 2002, an article in the journal Society & Animals made a conclusion about the deep bond shared between animals and humans. It was found that the loss of a pet could be as devastating as losing a family member, or even more than that.
One of the reasons for missing your pooch after its death is the loss of companionship he/she provided. In many cases, the owner saw the pooch as their child/sibling/or best friend, which adds to the grief faced by the death. Missing your dog is a natural response which occurs due to the loss of a close one. It is considered healthy to take your own time to grieve, in order to accept the death.
Coping with the grief
Although every individual copes with grief differently, it is important to remember that you must not feel ashamed of grieving for your pooch, despite what others say. The most essential thing is to ensure that you don’t try to hurry the grieving process or ignore your feelings. As a pet owner, you must take care of yourself, and reach out to someone for help, if required. You can also choose to get another dog, if you feel that you are ready for that step.
Although losing a pooch can be one of the hardest situations, you must always remember to take as much time as it takes to accept the loss, and move ahead with the good memories. One of the healthiest ways of overcoming grief is to keep the memories of your pooch alive.