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



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



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



• you are regaining an interest in activities you enjoyed before your loss



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



• you do not try to avoid reminders of your pet



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



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



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



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



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



• you control your pain, it doesn’t control you



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



• you have resolved any issues of guilt that you were experiencing



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



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

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

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