Using Gratitude to Help You Grieve the Loss of Your Pet
The pain of losing a pet can be incredible. The misery is so great that you may not be able to see anything but sadness around you. Everything you do is meaningless when compared to the life you had with your best buddy by your side.
As much as you may not want to do it – there may be a way for you to feel better. This way is not easy. You will be going against what you want to do right now. However, if you can go against the grain, you could end up a stronger person.
The Miracle of Gratitude
Gratitude can help you. Thankfulness.
What do you have to be thankful or gracious about?
As bad as your life is right now. As bad as you feel. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for in your life.
It can be as simple as having a roof over your head, food on the table, and friends to talk to each day. You may be thankful for a vehicle that will help you go do something to get your mind off your loss. You may be gracious for your mental health to be able to cope with this tragic loss.
It can be hard to be positive after something so negative happens in your life. It’s how you can get through the negativity, though. The more you focus on the negative things in your life, the more miserable you’ll be. When you shift your focus to the positive, something inside of you will change. You’ll start to feel as though you are slowly getting yourself back.
This does not mean you should ignore the loss of your pet. You don’t want to enter into denial because that will harm you more than help you. What you are doing is dealing with the loss while you appreciate what you still have in life. See, when many people lose something in their life, they start to generalize it. They begin to feel as though they have lost many other things. They may even start to mourn loved ones who passed away years ago.
Bringing on more grief when you are already grieving will just make the process harder. Instead of snowballing your feelings, go ahead and try to unravel them to insert positive ones. This way you can continue to experience the sadness of losing your beloved pet, while you move forward with what you do have in your life.
Try this gratitude trick right now. Think of what you have, not what you’ve lost. It may not make you much happier now, but if you continue to do it, you may just start to feel the change inside of you. The more you do it, the better you’ll feel. Something you can say is, “Yes, I have lost my furbaby, but at least I still have….”
We wish you great strength during this difficult time.