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Coping with the loss of a pet
- By David R. Topor, PhD, MS-HPEd, Contributor
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Thanks for an amazing blog post David, it was very helpful. I took your advice and started focusing more on my daily and weekly schedules and now I feel a bit better. I have a question for you. My friend recently mentioned memorial diamonds that are made by this company – http://www.everdear.co/ . I am thinking about sending the ashes to them and getting a diamond made that I would wear as a ring. Would you think that it will help? I have a feeling that I would be more comfortable if I knew that my lost friend is with me again, even in a form of an accessory.
Looking forward to your answer!
I too am attached to my pets and have lost 4 to old age. However, to give pets limited resources that would then be denied to people (eg. chemotherapy) is inappropriate. In fact I am opposed to putting animals through painful or debilitating proceedures when there is no hope for recovery. Veteranary medicine goes too far, sometimes. Dialysis for dogs? Really, that is too much.
My baby boy went over the Rainbow Bridge 02/07/17. It was much more difficult than the loss of some family members who passed.
He had been with me during some very difficult and stressful times. He loved me so much and lived 2 years longer than the vet thought as he had CHF. I know he stayed because of our bond. I have his little sister who is doing all she can to fill the spot he left. Because she misse him too, I tend to her needs and give her extra love. I’m comforted by my belief that I will see him and all the other dear furry babies I’ve had on the other side.
I faced immense stress when i lost my pet dog couple of years ago in an accident. I have had symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, sleeplessness and lack of concentration, which affected by personal and professional life. It was then i read an article on stress management naturally. I used to do a lot of meditation and oil massages which helped me in finding quality sleep.
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