Cry when and how you need to – You have lost a special companion. Strong emotions can be a part of grief.
Walk or exercise if you are able and try to eat and sleep regularly.
Keep to your normal routine as much as possible as this can provide you some stability and a framework for what seems “out of control”.
Be careful about excess alcohol or caffeine.
Think about “getting through” this loss rather than “over it” and be gentle with yourself in the meantime.
Children are not too young or too old to grieve and may need support from someone other than yourself.
Talk to people who are supportive and who understand the importance of your companion animal to you.
Allow yourself to take the time you need to get through this.
Don’t be afraid or ashamed to seek counselling, it can help to talk to someone who understands and who will acknowledge your loss.
MEd St (Guidance & Counselling)
Currently working as a lecturer and counselor, I have had broad experience with both adults and children. In previous positions as teacher, in pastoral care and school counselor, much of my work has been in the area of loss and grief. I understand the many dimensions of pet loss, through both professional and personal experience.
I am available for counselling at a number of venues in Brisbane and Caboolture and I am available for home visits when time permits.
I have developed a workbook to assist people in an ongoing way to understand grief, to look at and acknowledge their loss and also find ways to remember their beloved companion.