Christmas time along with all the festivities is a time for remembering. We think about people that are no longer with us and for us pet owners, this will include pets we may have lost recently or months, even some years ago. However long it’s been since the loss of a dear pet, thinking about them is normal and demonstrates how much you loved them and they were part of your life.
There are different ways you may wish to commemorate your pet around Christmas – for me, that’s remembering them in some way that makes me feel as if they are right there in the midst of the festivities: hanging a bauble, maybe with their photo, on the Christmas Tree, putting tinsel around any outdoor plants or plaques that commemorate them, lighting a candle on Christmas day in memory of them or putting up special photos that remind you of all the good times you had together. There are also online pet loss forums such as The Ralph Site where you can create an online memorial of your pet.
Some people are worried that remembering their pet in this way might look silly to others. But at Compassion Understood we understand that the loss of a pet causes grief, just as it would do with the loss of a person. You should not feel bad for wanting to honour your pet’s memory in whatever way you find gives you comfort.
For some people the grief can be very deep. If you’re feeling this way it’s important that you reach out for support. You will find telephone numbers on the Compassion Understood website and if you feel like things are getting on top of you, seek advice from your doctor or other professionals qualified to help you.
If this is your first Christmas without your pet, we hope that you can think of all the happy times you shared and that in time the grief that you are feeling will become easier.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas from all the team at Compassion Understood.