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Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing.

Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming.

All we can do is learn to swim. ~ Vicki Harrison

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Grief...

…is personal, with no timetable, and each one of us must find individual ways of coping with the death of a beloved pet. There is no such thing as the "correct" way to grieve. Only you can decide if the information here has value for you.

...caused by the death of your pet is never insignificant. By allowing yourself to grieve, you bring integrity to your deep loss.

 

…is your expression of love for a cherished companion. A close family member has died. Cry if you want to without apology.

 

…is like a burn with scars. Healing does occur, but it takes as long as it takes and we are forever changed.

 

…comparisons are not helpful. Only you know the significance and magnitude of your personal loss.

 

…does not come with instructions. Despite the influence of the grief industry, your answers may not be in a book, at a support group, with a therapist or on the Internet. The popular stages, phases, steps, tasks and touchstones of grief and grieving are not right for everyone. Use them if they help. Disregard them if they do not. Whatever works, works.

 

…will tell you what you need, or do not need, for your healing. Follow your heart.

 

COVID-19 and Grief:

The Lost Parts of Ourselves

Grief is natural but the COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and created a series of losses, from our sense of safety to financial insecurity. We have all lost something. Fatigue and vague anxiety may be grief in disguise. Learn to recognize grief and cope with the “new normal” of COVID-19. Our pets are stressed, too.

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Author's yellow and white cat Jimmy

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