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Dog Lovers Understand These Things When Their Dog Passes Away

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Dog Lovers Understand These Things When Their Dog Passes Away

Losing a dog is never easy.
Knowing that your four-legged friend will never be by your side to cuddle while watching TV, or chase birds with you is heartbreaking. The important thing is to cherish the good memories and find comfort in the fact that your dog had a happy life in your home.

Here are some other things that dog lovers go through after their dog passes away:

Your grief might not be recognized

The feelings someone experiences when a pet dies is often labeled as disenfranchised grief; this type of loss is not recognized by other individuals as a major life event, especially by those who have never owned a pet. Other experiences that can be associated with disenfranchised grief include abortions and perinatal death. Your dog’s death may not be something to mourn over with others publicly as you would a deceased person, but your dog was still a major part of your life and you know that all the stages of grief are applicable in this situation as well.

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You know that pet loss support groups can help

Animal rescue organizations like SPCA offer meetings free of charge that cater to pet owners who have recently lost their furry friends. You know how important it is to have support groups like these, since not everyone can relate to the loss of a pet.

You know that having a funeral can help provide closure

It is important to give your pet a proper ceremony and invite those who knew them, so you can share good memories about them. You also know it is important to ignore anyone who thinks a funeral for your beloved dog is unnecessary.

You know that getting rid of any reminders can help

Throwing away your dog’s favorite chew toy might be hard, but you know that it is an important step in moving on. Anything that serves as a reminder of your dog should be removed from your home, otherwise the grief process will become a lot more difficult.

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You know that a new dog would never replace your old one

When you start thinking about getting a new dog, you know that it will bring joy to your life, even if it cannot replace your old one. You know that sometimes the best way to get over the grief of losing one pet is to occupy your time caring for a new one.

You know that it is important to maintain a daily routine for your other pets

It is hard to go on your daily walks with one less member of your group, but you know it is important to stick to a daily routine, for the sake of your other pets. Your pets are very sensitive to any emotional or physical changes in their home, and it is important that they can still enjoy their familiar routine.

You know that remembering your dog on special days is important

It will be hard, but taking a moment to remember your dog on their birthday or the anniversary of when you first brought them home will bring you joy in the long run. Sharing a happy moment with loved ones through reminiscing about your dog is an important way to memorialize them and work through your own grief.

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You know guilt can be present

There can be a certain level of guilt that you feel surrounding the way you acted during your dog’s last days. Maybe you remember the time that you yelled at your pet for having an accident on the carpet or that you didn’t walk them as long as you usually would have due to stress at work or at home.

You know it will take time

The way that people grieve is different for everyone and it is important to also remind yourself that grieving takes time. You may feel sad one day and angry the next. It is all completely normal.

You can experience complicated grief

Mourning the loss of your dog is a normal emotional state, but you know that sometimes it can turn into something a little more complex. Complicated grief is when mourning turns into something like depression and it is a serious condition that should be remedied. You know that losing your dog is a life event that has impacted you greatly and that you need to keep tabs on your grief in case it turns into a mental illness.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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