Why Losing A Pet Can Be So Difficult

By: David Tindall
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

For thousands of years, people have had animal companions. Historically, pets played many roles; they served as defenders, herders, and hunting partners. Pets are now becoming an integral element of their owners' support system.

At Tindall Funeral Home, we understand how upsetting the loss of any pet can be for the family members. Most dogs and cats have a life expectancy of 13 years, so losing them can be devastating. Here are a few of the reasons why it's so challenging:

Pets Serve Multiple Roles

Pets are caretakers, defenders, and companions who provide unconditional love. They assist people in dealing with stress, loneliness, bereavement, and support them physically or emotionally. Many depressed people utilize dogs as emotional support and report feeling better as a result. Because they fill so many roles, pets have now become a vital part of their owners' lives.

Long-Term Bonds

Many movies depict how humans and pets share close bonds. In some families, people have been with their pets longer than they have been with their spouses. Your pet becomes a part of your daily routine and way of life so losing one can be incredibly upsetting.

Several studies have found that the death of a pet can be as devastating as the loss of a significant other. You'll experience the same stages of grief, including denial, anger, despair, and acceptance. It is critical to allow time for recovery and healing. Many pet owners misjudge this and fail to take good care of themselves, resulting in even greater discomfort.

Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call at (315) 468-5521 if you want to know about our pre-planning services and need advice. Our funeral director is here to provide you with the information you need about the types of services you want.

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