Why Losing a Pet Can be So Difficult

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

People have had animal companions for thousands of years. In the past, these companions were protectors, herders, and hunting companions. Today, pets are an important part of the owner’s support system. At Gallagher Funeral Home, we have seen just how devastating the loss of a pet can be to their owners and family members. Most cats and dogs have an average lifespan of 13 years so losing them can have a significant impact. Here are some reasons why it is so difficult:

Pets Fill Multiple Roles

Pets are caretakers, protectors, and companions that offer unconditional affection. They help people deal with stress, loneliness, grief, and even mental or physical disabilities. Many depressed individuals use pets as emotional support and are in a better state of mind because of them. It isn’t surprising that after fulfilling so many roles, pets have become an important aspect of the owner’s life.

Long-Term Companionship

If you have seen movies like Marley & Me, you know that the bond between owner and pet is like a long-term relationship. Many owners have known their animal companions longer than they have known their spouses. Pets become a part of everyday routine and lifestyle. That's why losing them has such a destabilizing effect on owners.

Several studies show that the loss of a pet can be just as traumatic as losing a significant other. You will go through the same grieving process, feeling denial, anger, depression, and acceptance. It is important to take some time for healing and recovery. Many pet owners underestimate this and don’t take proper care of themselves, which leads to more pain.

If you need help on funeral-related matters or want to know more about our services here at Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call at 318-640-1375 today

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