Recently I have been supporting friends and clients through grief over th eillness or death of a beloved pet. Unless someone has a pet they can't empathize with just how significant the loss is. We develop special bonds and endearing relationships of unconditional love with our pets. So, when they leave us, which is inevitable, we feel a void in our lives where their physical , daily presence once was. Although our pet is free from pain and suffering once they have passed, what there is for us to deal with is the loss of their loving companionship and presence in our daily lives. It is an adjustment to get used to that empty space that only they could fill for us.
I encourage my friends and clients not to rush through the grieving process because by grieving we are honoring and respecting their lives and how much they touched us. We are paying tribute to the unconditional love and companionship that they so generously blessed our lives with. Grieving also is a way of experiencing just how much we loved our pet companion. To the degree that we experience th ejoy and love that they bring is the degree that we must be willing to feel the pain of loss when they make their transition over the rainbow bridge. It is all the cycle of life that when we accept and honor it by being willing to feel the grief, we allow for more love to enter into our lives in a constant flowing cycle. To shut ourselves off from rescuing or loving another pet we restrict our heart's ability to expand and love even more and greater. So, celebrate the grief when you have had a courageous enough heart to love and love deeply the precious furry, feathered and scaly companions you have chosen to share your life with! It is a testament to your open and loving heart and makes the world a better place to live in! Your grief honors your love! Life is short, wag more, bark less and love without limits!