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Grieving the Loss of a Loved Animal Companion

Grieving the Loss of a Loved Animal Companion

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 Grieving The Loss Of A Loved Animal CompanionToday, maybe more than ever prior to in history, our animalcompanions have played a much more essential role and assumed agreater meaning and significance in the lives of millions of Americans. It’s estimated that you will find roughly 68 million dogsand 73 million cats living in U.S, households. and that the petbusiness generates almost $36 billion dollars in revenues per year.As our lives turn out to be increasingly stressful and difficult – as our globe becomes increasingly complex, perilous, impersonal andtechnologically oriented, our pets have turn out to be much morevalued, respected and appreciated. Our pets have and continue tobecome beloved members of our families who provide us withunconditional love, loyalty and acceptance. Pets are also frequentlyour extremely best and dearest friends, companions and confidants.In a globe full of tumult, conflict and fear, their mere presence iscomforting, calming and consoling. They offer us a secure haven, acomfort zone, the chance to relax, let down our guard, live “in themoment”. and to be genuinely ourselves. They don’t judge us andthey accept us precisely as we're. They love us no matter what.Additionally, our animal companions are affectionate, amusing andentertaining. They're literally “warm and fuzzy” and offer us accuratelove and affection. They even make us laugh at their antics, engageus in play and physical exercise and assist us forget about our problems. They keep us from becoming lonely and isolated. Eventhough we live in a world full of stress and anxiety, tension andviolence, hostility and negativity and although numerous of our livesare fraught with fear and dread of what tomorrow might bring, our beloved pets teach us to live within the present moment and withspontaneity. They teach us to accept what is…not to fear the futureor dwell on the past. Many of us discover ourselves living far awayfrom loved ones and fiends – our professions, opportunities for higher education and improved financial circumstances, military service, etc.are responsible for our relocation from house and family to newcommunities, cities, countries as well as continents. We're strangersin a new environment and culture. It’s difficult to make new friendsand to establish meaningful and heartfelt relationships. We live alone.We function alone – many of us barely connecting with 1 anadditional – numerous of us interfacing with technologies instead of with other human beings. We seek contact with other people – we'rein need of friendship, communication and support. Numerous of us,unable to forge bonds with fellow human beings, adopt animalcompanions. They become a part of our lives, hearts and homes.There are no secrets between us. We come to know one another intimately. We forge a deep, potent and genuine bond with them, andin numerous instances, incorporate and integrate them into membersof our families – adopted children, siblings, nieces, nephews, and soon. Couple of, if any human beings, can offer the beauty and purity,
nobility and vulnerability of spirit, loyalty, unconditional love,acceptance, forgiveness and empathy of an animal companion. Theyare genuinely who they're and allow us, in turn, to be who wegenuinely are. There is no pretense, no facade, no agenda, noartifice on the part of our pets – what we see is what we get! We cansigh with relief and satisfaction as we return house to be greeted byour pets following a difficult, stress-filled and challenging day at work.Our pets welcome us with unabashed enthusiasm, affection and joy.And we let down our guard – understanding that we can alter into our sweat clothes and play on the floor or within the back yard or playroom with our animal “kids”. We can happily interact with sentientbuddies who don’t judge or talk back to us, buddies who calm usdown and bring us back to reality with priorities intact, friends whoappear to comprehend us “better” than any of our other humanbuddies. Our animal companions benefit us emotionally, spirituallyand physiologically. There’s ample scientific information which provesthat pet improve both longevity and high quality of life. They providephysical and emotional well-being. The simple act of petting ananimal friend has confirmed to be of significant physical andpsychological benefit. A pet has a calming effect. Blood pressure isreduced. Heartbeat is improved. Resistance to illness is heightenedand tension and anxiety are decreased. Our animal companionsdecrease tension, fear and anger. They also decrease sadness,loneliness and depression. As we are their caregivers andresponsible for their physical and emotional well-being, they offer numerous of us having a reason for getting up in the morning – we'reresponsible for nurturing, communicating and supplying love,exercise, correct diet, nutrition and health care for our animalcompanions. They are sentient creatures who communicate in alanguage beyond mere words. When we're alone – whether we'resingle, young, elderly, widowed, separated, or divorced, thesebeloved ones by means of their simple presence, comfort andconsole us; they provide adore and affection at house as well as onour errands, vacation and travel time. They're with us 24/7 – when weare reading, writing, at the computer, listening towards the radio,watching television, cooking, entertaining, relaxing out on the patio,gardening, socializing, even traveling and on vacation with us. Our animals play a extremely essential role in our general well-being andthe way in which we deal with hardship and stress. And the number and intensity of the substantial losses (human and otherwise) wehave sustained throughout our lives, will help figure out the intensityand amount of time and power we spend grieving their loss whenthey die For many of us, our animal companions have afforded usprobably the most stable, comforting and comfortable relationshipswe have experienced. However there are lots of humans who merelydo not understand how deeply we love and care for our animals andwho have personally never known the beauty, inspiration and wisdomto be derived from getting extensive get in touch with with a lovedanimal companion. They do not comprehend all of the gifts theseanimals bring to us. For from our pets we understand of life anddeath, the cycles and seasons of life, the majesty and grandeur of the
natural globe and also the pivotal o link we share with the naturalglobe. You will find far too many people who have not had theprivilege of experiencing the joy, depth and beauty of understandinga beloved animal companion,, yet they might benefit from the wordsof the French poet and philosopher, Anatole Fance, whostated, “Unless one has loved an animal a component of one’s soulremains unawakened.” Those of us privileged sufficient to know andlove animals benefit profoundly and learn so many lessons about lifeand death; via the observation of and interaction with our pets, welearn much about the meaning and purposefulness of all life and alsothe interconnectedness of all living creatures who share the earth.From the moment we adopt a loving animal companion, our lives areirrevocably transformed. We understand to SHARE our hearts andour lives with these magnificent creatures; we hopefully make alifetime commitment to provide well being, peace happiness, well-being and harmony towards the beautiful ones we adopt. We assumeresponsibility for their care and well-being. We do our very best toensure that they will share a pleased, wholesome, peaceful andfulfilling life with us and our other loved ones members. Seldom dowe pause and consider the fact that their lives are usually shorter than our own; that they will confront and be diagnosed with diseasesand ailments as well as medical remedies comparable to our own,that they'll grow old and that they will 1 day die – whether fromillness, injury, accident, etc. They, like us, are vulnerable and mortal.Life for them is, as for us, arbitrary, unpredictable and full of loss,grief and adversity. We are friends, teachers and guides to them asthey are to us. From our animal companions we learn much aboutgrowing old, for their aging procedure mirrors and mimics our own.We observe them as they become much less active and robust; asthey become less alert and attentive; as they shed interest within thefood they relished and also the toys and games in which theydelighted. Their muzzles become grey or white; their gaze becomesdim; their hearing is less acute; they spend most of their timesleeping; they may be immobile and/or incontinent. They isolate andwithdraw from us…In a lot of methods, they are like aging humans…When our beloved pets have been diagnosed with a terminal illnesslike cancer or HIV; when they are in great discomfort and clearlysuffering; when they're not mobile and are incontinent; when theystop consuming and drinking; when it is obvious that they're no longer experiencing a substantial high quality of life, we're faced with anumber of options. One would be to simply wait for them to die ontheir own, “naturally” and let their suffering continue living. The other is to help put a merciful finish to their suffering by getting themeuthanized. Euthanasia is the Greek term meaning “good death”, andit is administered by a trusted veterinarian -presumably one that hasknown you and your pet and provided treatment and advice over theyears. The process is quick and virtually painless. However, thechoice to have a pet euthanized is one of the most difficult andcomplicated decisions we might ever make. It’s also one of the leastselfish, most compassionate and humane decisions we will make.We have carried out every thing in our power to help our pets –

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