PET PLACE

PUPPY MOTTO

Handle every stressful situation like a dog

If you can't eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away.

4 COMMON GRIEF REACTIONS

Physical

Emotional

Cognitive

Behavioral

PHYSICAL

Back, neck, and muscle pain

Weight loss

Weakness or fatigue

Stomach upset

Diarrhea or constipation

Emptines/heaviness feelings

Headaches

Chills, sweating, or cold hands

Chest pain or tightness

Difficulty breathing

Dry mouth

Increased startle response

Heart palpitations

Change in sleep habits

Change in appetite

Feelings of exhaustion

EMOTIONAL

Shock & numbness

Sadness, sorrow and despair

Anger or irritability Resentment

Guild or regret

Anxiety

Fear you are “going crazy”

Helplessness

Feeling overwhelmed

Mood swings

Heightened awareness

Feeling your pet being present

Loneliness

Yearning or pining

Apathy–not caring about anything

Lack of pleasure in activities

COGNITIVE

Disbelief, feelings that it isn’t real

Confusion and disorientation

Memory/concentration problems

Asking  ‘why?’

Unable to get your pet off of your mind

Idealization of your pet

Lowered self-esteem

Revisioning the last day’s of your pet’s life

Difficulty making decisions

Dreams or nightmares about your pet

Feeling of meaningless

Depersonalization; sense of unreality

Thinking you want to be with your pet

Questioning spiritual or religious beliefs

Thinking no one else understands

Thinking other bad things will happen

BEHAVIORAL

Inability to sit still

Change in level of activity

Searching for your pet

Sighing or crying

Carrying objects linked to your pet

Social withdrawal; wanting to be alone

Avoiding reminders of your pet

Change in sexual desire

Feeling need to tell story over I& over

Clinging or difficulty with separation

Wanting to save everything of pet’s

Staying busy keeping mind off of loss

Talking to your pet

Expecting your pet to be there when you get home

Leaving your pet’s belongings where they were

Avoiding activities you used to do with your pet

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