For most of us, life in the pandemic means we are separated from our friends and family.

However, the time spent safely at home means more time with our beloved companions. So, how do we cope when our four-legged friends pass away when they are what gives us a sense of safety and security during this time of global uncertainty? Here are 5 recommendations that you can use to cope with the loss of your pet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allow yourself to grieve

This time is uncertain and lonely for all, so allow yourself to feel. Although it may be challenging, communicating your feelings to someone or writing them down allows you to begin to heal. The grieving cycle cannot be hurried and there is no “normal”, so take each day as it comes and don’t ignore your emotional pain or bury your grief.

Connect with your loved ones

Losing your best friend is never an easy process let alone when we are physically isolated from our support network. Connecting with loved ones will allow you to get the love and support that you need during this time. Use platforms that use video-sharing as hearing their voice and seeing their face builds a stronger sense of connection.

Seek out nature

Whether it was your dog’s favourite walking route or your cat’s favourite spot to sun themselves, venture out into nature. Being outside will help to reduce stress and also ground you during this time.

Spend time with your other pets

It is important to know, that although your loved one is no longer by your side, they will be forever in your heart. While your other animals cannot replace the friend you have lost, like you, they are grieving the loss of a companion. Ensuring you are present and aren’t shutting your other family members out will help to make them feel comforted and establish a new routine in both your lives.

Seek professional help

There are so many support networks outside of immediate friends and family that listen and support you during your time of grief. At Patch & Purr, we understand the pain of losing your best friend, which is why we offer a free 45 minute, 1 on 1 Pet Loss counselling session for all our clients. Our counselling sessions are conducted by qualified grief and loss experts with years of experience helping people work through the loss of their beloved pets.

 

The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice.

Grief factsheets

If you’re in need of some extra support in the days and weeks following your pet’s death, take a look at these handy guides written by leading figure in grief and empathy education and author of When Pets Die: It's Alright to Grieve, Doris Zagdanski.

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Explaining a pet's death to children

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Looking after your senior pet

Ways to support your friend in their old age.

Some thoughts to comfort you

For when your pet is no longer by your side.

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Contact us

Patch & Purr offers pet cremations for when your loved one is no longer by your side, but forever in your heart.

We strive to treat your loyal friend with the care and respect they deserve at every step of the way. Call us 24/7 on 1300 112 711 or use the contact form below to speak to a Patch & Purr team member.

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