Those who have ever lost a dog know that the pain is just as unbearable.
Dogs aren’t just animal companions or pets. Anyone who has ever owned a dog before will tell you that their dog is also a member of their family.
Unfortunately, unlike humans, a dog’s lifespan isn’t that long. Depending on its breed, a dog’s life usually ranges from just 10 to 13 years.
They can’t be with us for that long, which is why losing a dog is just as difficult or it might even be more difficult than losing a loved one.
It may sound unbelievable, but it’s true.
While true dog lovers mourn the death of their beloved pet, some people will relentlessly tell them «it’s just a dog» or «you have to move on».
Some people don’t understand, losing a dog isn’t easy and never will be. Moving on from losing a beloved pet is easier said than done. Even if you can have another dog later, starting from scratch won’t be easy.
In fact, scientific research shows that the pain a person feels after losing a dog is valid and real.
It may even be more difficult to go from losing a pet than losing a loved one.
This may seem absurd to some, but it is one of the many things they have discovered through research.
We normally bond with our animal companions in the same way we do with humans, such as family and friends. And during this process, hormones and chemicals are released into our brains.
Furthermore, whenever we spend time with an animal or a person, it is not difficult to feel emotionally connected with them. They become dear to our hearts, so when it comes time for them to cross the rainbow bridge, the pain is also immeasurable.
Now the final question is, why is it harder to get over the IS just because there is no «acceptable» way to mourn this loss.
There are many ways to overcome the loss of a loved one. We have other family members, relatives and friends who can help us overcome the pain. It is especially when they have had the same experience before, they could use that experience to help us move forward.
loss of a pet versus the death of a human.
Other means such as counseling or therapy can also be helpful. The use of these paths in difficult times is valid and you will never be judged for it.
Unfortunately, we can’t do the same thing when an animal dies.
When your beloved dog dies, it is simply expected to «let go» and «forget». Some people have no idea what it means to lose a pet. They don’t know the good memories you’ve created with them, which is why it’s so easy for them to say these things.
Anyone who has lost a furry friend can’t delay things, postpone going out, cancel meetings, and take a break from work. You can’t do any of this just because you’ve lost a loved one and hairy person because for some it’s a bad excuse.
It is difficult to move forward after this type of loss simply because there are not many resources that could help you do it. The worst thing is when you try to hide the pain from everyone.
It is indeed a dangerous way, but that is all you have left. Unbearable damage inside.
Psychologist Julie Axelrod said that when we lose a loved one, we also lose a source of comfort and unconditional love. All the things you used to do with them will be gone, and that’s unimaginable!
When we talk about the things you used to do with them, we are walking out, feeding them, cuddling them and even reading them a book. Once your pet is gone, so are these daily routines, and you can’t ignore this sudden change in your life.
Do you also remember those movie scenes where people start to see things that remind them of the existence of someone who has already left? This also happens in real situations. Those little details at home that will remind you of them, remembering them almost every day is inevitable.
Despite all this, always remember that your feelings are valid and it is completely normal to feel bad when you lose your beloved pet.
Watch the video below to find out why losing a dog feels like losing a family member.
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