Death is not the villain, but the hero. Death is the reliever of pain; the eraser of deformity. Death provides a new start; an entry to the next world. Death does not come to take, Death comes to give; Death gives rest, comfort, relief, and peace everlasting.
How long does grief last? Grief is directly proportional to love, the more you loved, the longer your grief will last. Years later, when a memory first brings a smile, and then a tear, that is love and grief continuing in equal measures.
There is no absolute answer for dealing with the loss of a pet, or preparing for the loss. Below are some websites with useful information. Probably the most important tips are
- It is ok to grieve for a pet, allow yourself time to grieve
- Remember to take care of yourself in your time of grief
- One says “The pain was too much, I will never have another pet.”
- Another says “I have to wait before I get another pet.”
- The third says “I have all this love with no place to go, I’ll get another pet right away.”
Adopting one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.