By Coleen Ellis, founder of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, and blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance
Losing a pet is a heartbreaking affair filled with grief for many pet parents. However, some people don’t understand the relationship and bond the person had with their pet, so they may not know what to say or how to act when someone loses a pet. Even if you’ve experienced this grief yourself, the grieving process varies by person, and it can be hard to find the right words.
As a starting point, here are five things you shouldn’t say to a grieving pet parent:
1. It’s just a dog
To you, it may be just a dog. But to pet lovers, this animal may have represented many things. The pet might have fulfilled roles such as being a friend, a confidant, providing security, and so much more.
2. It wasn’t a “real death” such as the loss of a husband, mother, grandmother, etc.
As pet lovers, the relationship that we have with our pets is free of baggage. It’s free of the complications and the difficult feelings that might come with a human-human relationship.
3. When are you going to get another one? (more…)