Engaging in a regular mindfulness practice has the power to bring on a shift in identity and change the story that you tell yourself, helping you to reduce fear and anxiety and create a different story. Perhaps your story has elements of, "I'm not good enough," "I'll never get what I want," "I'm always going [...]
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I often get asked the question about when is the right time to get a new pet after a loss. When a pet dies, it’s important to allow time to process and grieve before getting a new pet, as a person must be ready for a new relationship. For some people it feels like a [...]
It can be tempting to shield children from the “adult” experience of death, however depending on the age of the child, there are varying ways in which children respond to the loss of a family pet. Here are some typical reactions: Two to three year olds have not yet lived long enough to have an [...]
Guilt is one of the most common feelings people experience after the loss of a pet. Death in general elicits a wide array of feelings of helplessness and loss of control, and often pet owners feel like there was something else they could have done to halt death. As a pet owner, you've taken on [...]
When you are feeling sad or depressed on the inside, it can be immensely helpful to externalize those feelings. Expressing your painful feelings in a tangible way—in writing or in an artistic expression—can help to put some distance between the part of you that is in pain and the other parts that are resilient and [...]
Did you know that in ancient Egypt a person was condemned to death for intentionally (or accidentally) killing a cat? When a cat died, their human family would shave their eyebrows as a sign of their deep mourning. While times have changed and cats may no longer be treated as gods, it is a testament [...]
While you may already be familiar with the stages of grief, it never hurts to be reminded of them, especially when you are in the midst of a grief experience. These stages, first outlined by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross are universal and generally experienced in response to a sudden or overwhelming loss–be that of a person, a [...]
Pets are considered property in our legal system and the general sentiment projected in our culture is that losing a pet is not a significant loss–you can just "get a replacement." It's not unusual to feel ashamed and misunderstood by others when you are grieving a pet, and many people feel like they have to [...]
Grief can feel overwhelming when you are in the thick of it, and it is easy to forget that we are, in fact, fluid creatures and nothing is permanent. The happy moments, the sad ones and all the others in between—they flow throw us and are fleeting. If you are feeling particularly sad now, I [...]
I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Alice Villalobos, a veterinary oncologist based in California give a talk about quality of life issues for terminally ill pets. The decision to euthanize a pet is fraught with so much guilt on both sides of the issue that it can be difficult to know which way is [...]