Seeing that a pet can become an integral part of a household, people tend to treat their pets as members of their families. It is normal to have chaotic and loving relationships with your pets. Just like humans, they have emotions and can become moody at certain times. With this bond formed between pet owners and their pets, it is really hard when owners suddenly lose their pets. It is a part of life that has to be dealt with by humans and animals alike. People should be aware of how they should be consoling their friends and family members whenever they lose their pets.
Tips On Consoling Someone Who Lost A Pet
You should never think that the life of a pet is worth less than a human being’s life. Pets are loved by their owners for many reasons, which is why you should be careful about how you interact with them during their times of loss. You may refer below to some important tips that you may follow when consoling a person who has just lost a pet:
- You should always start the conversation by sharing your condolences with the aggrieved person. Saying the right things after death can be tricky. By offering your condolences, you will be able to evaluate how the person is taking the loss. People that are crying or are in pain because they have just lost their pets need to feel the support of others during these difficult times. You must acknowledge the person’s pain in a respectful manner.
- There will be times when the grieving people will suddenly talk to you about their losses. You should share some of your time and listen to what they have to say. Even if you are not close to the aggrieved party, you should still show your support to help the person feel better.
- Listen to the stories that the aggrieved person is sharing with you. You do not have to say anything. You should try to keep your feelings to yourself if you feel that you cannot relate to the situation. Also, if you have previous experiences of losing a pet, you should not share such stories with the grieving person. This will ensure that the pain you felt in the past will belittle the current pain the person is feeling.
- You will need to evaluate the situation if the person is waiting for you to speak up on the issue at hand. If you have no idea what to say to comfort the person, it would be better to ask for more details about the person’s loss. However, you will need to understand that the person may open up about the situation or may just want to keep the details private. Do not try to pry and just wait if the person wants to discuss more about the situation with you.
- You should try to ask for the name of the pet. Knowing the pet’s name is crucial because you should use the name of the pet and not just refer to it based on the type of animal it was when you are consoling the person. It is also more courteous to refer to the pet’s given name.
- Be careful with the words that you would be using when talking about the pet that the owner has just recently lost. Even if you know the grieving owners and remember the times that they kept complaining about their pets, you should avoid reminding them of the times that their pets annoyed them. You should focus on helping them remember the good and fun times they had with their pets.
- You should always let the grieving owners feel that they did their best in taking care of their pets. Remind them that their pets were happy because they were properly cared for by their owners. Keep on telling them that their pets were fortunate enough to have them as owners.
- If you are a close friend or relative of the grieving person, you may contact the person a few days or weeks after the incident and ask how the person is doing after the loss. Always offer to help each time you contact the person.
Having a pet is just the same as having a great friend. By showing someone that you respect his or her feelings about a pet’s loss, you become more human. Grief can be very challenging but learning how to properly console someone about losing a pet makes a big difference.