The worst time in any pet-owner's life is what happens when a dog dies. The tie that a family holds to its pet dog can be incredibly similar to that love that is felt for a child.
And with the closeness that most dogs attach to their families, the loss of a pet dog can be incredibly disheartening.
When a dog dies there is a significant amount of change that will take place in the household, but here are a few things to look out for during the immediate aftermath of the passing of a beloved family pet.
When a dog dies there is going to be immediate feelings of grief. Losing a member of one's family is never easy, and losing the personality that a dog would bring to the house can be incredibly hard to adjust to. Just bear in mind that time does indeed heal all wounds.
Do not rush the grieving process. Let yourself and your family be sad. Eventually the memories of your favorite pooch will be happy ones, and remembering your dog won't feel so sad.
When a dog dies, and you are grieving, it is perfectly normal and encouraged to bid your pet dog farewell. This can be done by giving the dog a funeral if children feel the need for such a somber good-bye. Some people choose to put a notice in the local paper, or invite friends and family over to say goodbye to a departed dog.
Especially for young children who may be facing the time when a dog dies as the first introduction to the concept of death, sharing memories is important. Make sure everyone feels free to discuss the things that they most loved and will most miss about the dog.
Let The Tears Flow
When a dog dies, the heart will be just as heavy and sad as it would be following the death of any loved member of the family.
Saying good bye is hard at the best of times and this is all the more true for the family pet. Make sure that you let yourself cry and that children know it is perfectly normal to cry and to feel sad. There is no time limit of grief, so don't enforce.
When a dog dies there are many emotions and feelings that everyone will go through.
Making sure that the dog is properly buried according to the statutes and legislation of each particular area is important. Saying farewell and remembering the happier times are equally important things to do when a dog dies.