When a beloved pet passes away, the experience can feel acutely painful. Pet moms and dads often develop very close bonds with their fur babies. When these precious ones pass away, the owner/family may experience intense grief that not everyone will fully understand.
Anyone who has lost a pet may find counseling helpful, even if you do not feel overwhelmed by your loss. Group therapy sessions, like our free monthly Pet Loss Support Group at Paws, Whiskers & Wags, are a wonderful way to connect with others going through a similar experience. You are welcome to talk at these sessions, or simply, listen to others. Led by a licensed counselor, our support group can help you find comfort during this difficult time.
Signs You Should See a Pet Loss Counselor
Other grief experiences, however, can be much more painful, and at times debilitating. If you are experiencing any of the following indicators after losing a pet, individual therapy might be a better fit for you.
Your Grief Interferes in Your Daily Activities
If your feelings of grief and loss cause you to feel distracted or disinterested in activities you normally enjoy, you should seek the help of a counselor. Feelings of loss can also impact your performance at work. Pet loss counseling can help you continue to nourish the positive aspects of your life, even as you work through the loss of your pet.
You Feel Physically Unwell
Sometimes our emotions manifest themselves in physical ways, even if we haven’t consciously acknowledged them. If you have experienced physical changes after the loss of a beloved pet, like weight loss or weight gain, chronic headaches, stomachaches, or trouble sleeping, you might be a good candidate for pet loss therapy. Meeting with a counselor may help you find tools to begin feeling better—both physically and emotionally.
You Withdraw from Relationships
Feeling yourself pull back from relationships with loved ones is often a red flag that something is wrong. Friends and family might even have expressed concern about you. Before you become further isolated, seek the help of a professional pet loss counselor.
Contact Paws, Whiskers & Wags for Pet Loss Support Resources
In addition to our Pet Loss Support Group, Paws, Whiskers & Wags has various resources and recommendations for those who are bereaved after the loss of a pet. Contact us to find more about how to heal following the loss of a beloved pet.