Your Guide to Coping with The Loss of a Pet
The grief that comes
with the loss of a pet is real.
A grief & loss counselor
can help you work through it!
Fill out the form to the right to download the helpful guide:
’10 Ways a Pet Grief Counselor can Help’
Six Stages of Grief
Pets are part of the family, and their loss is not something to be lightly dismissed.
The six stages of grief (shock, anger, denial, guilt, depression and acceptance) are the same, whether it’s for a friend, relative or furry family member.
Shock. Whether your pet was ill or passed away suddenly, the feeling of disbelief is universal.
Anger. Whether you’re mad about the cause of death or the unfairness of it, anger is a normal reaction to loss.
Denial. Trying to skip the grieving process by pretending you’re fine or that the impact of your loss is insignificant doesn’t work. Getting a new pet too soon may simply be a Band-Aid. Intense grief can last for weeks or months. Grieving is a way of honoring your pet.
Guilt. You may be consumed with thoughts of “what if ..?” and concerns that you provided inadequate care or should have done something differently to save your pet. Instead of blaming yourself, try to achieve a balanced perspective and honor your pet’s memory.
Depression. Often this is the most difficult and long-lasting stage, but this is the best time to try to process your loss.
Resolution/Acceptance. Allowing yourself to heal doesn’t mean you have forgotten your pet. You may choose to honor your pet with some kind of memorial or charitable donation. You may be ready to open your heart to a new pet. Reaching this stage can take time; most pet owners say it took 6 months to a year before they felt they were ready to move on. Give yourself time to grieve, time to heal.
Frequent & Recurring Thoughts of Death or Suicide, or Attempted Suicide – Get help right away. This is nothing to ignore or tell yourself that you can handle it by yourself. Reach out and talk to a professional. CALL 911 OR CONTACT A LOCAL PROFESSIONAL IMMEDIATELY.
You can work through pet loss! YSC can help.
How Online Counseling Can Help You Deal with Pet Loss.
Because of the advantages and immediacy of online counseling, we find people are more likely to start. And the sooner you start, the sooner you can work through the pain associated with pet loss.
It is convenient – you can do it from anywhere.
Where do you feel most comfortable? Home? In a coffee shop? That is where you might want to be when speaking with your counselor. Online therapy gives you the option to select your location.
It is anonymous.
Do you feel awkward at the thought of sitting in a room talking in person with your therapist? Online counseling gives you the choice of HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing, chat, email or phone – so you can decide how much interaction works best for you.
It is more private.
Do you fear meeting someone you know in a therapist’s waiting room? That keeps many people from getting the help they need. Online therapy give you the ultimate in privacy — it is therapy you can do from the privacy of your own home.
It is affordable.
Whether you have insurance or not, our therapists are priced to provide a great value to you. Hourly rates vary by counselor. They start at $40 an hour.
What makes Your Story Confidential special?
Online counseling means you can get help on your schedule, and on your terms. Our therapists, counselors and life coaches are here to build a relationship with you. They will listen objectively and help you learn tools to cope, heal, and move forward with life. Conversations between you and your provider are strictly confidential.