Why Losing a Pet Can be So Difficult

By: Louis Bruno
Monday, August 24, 2020

Many pet owners believe that losing a pet is sometimes harder than losing a friend or loved one. They don't admit it out loud because others are likely to dismiss such feelings, but owners feel the loss of their companion keenly. They need some time to grieve, adjust, and heal after death. At Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, we believe that pets are some of our most valuable companions.

Unconditional Love

Pets love their owners unconditionally and are always providing positive feedback. Research suggests that a dog's brain is wired to respond positively to any praise from their owner. They always crave affection and respond in kind, which creates a unique bond that you can't find anywhere else. Owners can develop a similar level of connection with other pet breeds like cats as well.

Part of the Family

Pets can become a big part of your family unit. People who live alone in cities feel less disconnected when they have a loving dog or cat waiting for them at home. When the family is away, living in another state or country, your pet becomes your sole companion at home. Even people who don’t live alone develop a deep attachment to their pet. Their family feels incomplete because they have lost a valuable member.

Unfortunately, there are no formal rituals to help people through this grief. Experts encourage owners to take a few days off and focus on healing after they lose a pet. It is also a good idea to speak with other pet owners or people who have experienced the same situation. They will offer compassionate advice and support.

If you want to know more about cremation or funeral services, don't hesitate to contact us at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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