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THE EXPERIENCE OF PET LOSS – Signs You Are Healing (8 of 12)

Updated: May 21

PAGE 8 of 12



  1. you think more about your pet’s life than you do about her/his death

  2. emotions are not as intense and you feel a sense of control over them

  3. energy level, sleep patterns, appetite, and other physiological changes brought about by the loss are returning to normal

  4. you are regaining an interest in activities you enjoyed before your loss

  5. reminders of your pet and the circumstances surrounding her/his death are not as painful

  6. you do not try to avoid reminders of your pet

  7. you are better able to remember the good times you shared with your pet

  8. “triggers” or those memories that catch you off guard are not as overwhelming

  9. you are beginning to focus more on the present and future and less on the past

  10. you are able to talk about your pet without crying or feeling intense sadness

  11. you can enjoy yourself, laugh, and have a good time without feeling guilty

  12. you control your pain, it doesn’t control you

  13. you do not feel guilty when realizing you no longer think about your pet all of the time

  14. you have resolved any issues of guilt that you were experiencing

  15. letting go of your pain does not feel as though you are betraying your pet

  16. you no longer wish the world would stop because of your loss

  17. letting go of your pain does not feel as though you are betraying your pet

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THE EXPERIENCE OF PET LOSS – Children and Pet Loss (9 of 12)

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