What to Do When Your Heart Hurts from Pet Loss
After losing a pet, your heart will begin to hurt. It’s a feeling that isn’t easily explained. You’ll feel uncomfortable and want to cry. When you cry, it feels like your heart is being ripped out of your chest.
You don’t know what to do. You don’t want to feel this way. You’ve lost your furbaby. What are you going to do?
This devastation is normal. While it’s crazy hard, it’s what most people go through when they lose a pet. You are doing exactly what you should be doing – despite what anyone says (it’s not just a dog or a cat).
Your heart is fragile. You use it a lot to give people and your pets your love. When something happens to the love in your heart, it’s really hard for it to understand. After all, it’s just a heart. A heart doesn’t always listen to the mind – it’s too wrapped up in emotions.
So, what do you do?
How can you heal your heart, so it doesn’t cause you so much pain?
Well, the answer isn’t easy. You have to give it time.
This isn’t what you want to read, but it’s the truth. Time will help your heart recover from the trauma. It will help it understand that even though your pet is no longer by your side, you still can hold onto the love you feel inside of your heart for him or her.
Sure, your mind is already saying this, but your heart will not believe it until it feels it. It won’t feel it until it calms down and realizes it.
While your heart heals, you need to take good care of yourself. Allow it to relieve itself through crying and emotions. You may be mad at one moment and sad the next. It may seem unstable, but it’s just what the heart does. It’s stretching and pulling because it wants your pet back – just like you do.
Take care of your heart and yourself by talking to people who understand your pain. It will feel good to hear what others have to say about losing a pet. Your heart will enjoy the warm fuzzy feelings you get from interactions with other people. Your mind will take the information you learn and use it to help you make sense of everything that is going on in your body right now.
When Your Heart Heals
When your heart heals, you will feel as though a huge cloud has been lifted off your head. You will feel as though you’ve finally found peace. This is not to say you won’t be sad. You will have moments of sadness. However, they won’t be so intense, and sometimes, you’ll be able to recall a moment from your time with your beloved pet that will warm your heart. This warmth in your heart is a sign that it has healed, and you know what? It’s stronger and much more courageous now too. Your heart has grown, and you have along with it.