Coming to terms with the terminal diagnosis of a family member can be almost impossible. Pets can be just as close to their owners as human relatives can, if not more so. Therefore, it is understandable that people find it challenging to find ways to help them cope. However, we feel confident that the following five ways can support you through these impossible times, offering a little bit of comfort despite the inevitable being heart breaking.
We are not advocating you going overboard here, but we do think that, when the end is nigh, we would wish to be surrounded by lovely things, so treats are top of the list of things in which you can find comfort. This works two ways. Provide your pet with lovely things to ensure they are contented and in as little pain as possible, knowing how truly loved they are. Likewise, allowing yourself some chocolate cake or ice cream if you are feeling upset or concerned. Just do not do any of these things to the extreme as this can backfire, leaving your emotions running away with themselves.
Looking back on childhood, we often reminisce about time spent with the pets who were so dear to us. Yet if there are very few photos helping with these memories, it can be upsetting. Therefore, we recommend taking plenty of images. If you do not feel confident in your own ability, there are many professionals out there who know just how to get pets to work with them, showing off their very best angles.
Your home is never just yours when you invite a much-loved pet into it. It becomes their territory more than you own much of the time. So, creating an area where you have your photographs, ornaments and even personalized artwork. Check out Animalist’s website as their selection of cat posters is sublime. Having an area dedicated to them during their final days as well as somewhere to remember them once they have crossed the rainbow bridge could be a fitting tribute.
Keeping feelings bottled up does not work for anyone. Eventually, those emotions will become too powerful, like a shaken-up bottle of drink, shooting out of the top uncontrollably. To avoid that unnecessary outburst, be sure to talk to someone about how you are feeling. This could be your vet to ensure that you are confident about your pet’s pain management being up to date. Alternatively, sharing your concerns and sadness with a family member or friend could be equally helpful.
Preparing for the death of a beloved creature is never an easy thing to do. However, it is a necessary step to take, particularly if you have children. Death is profound enough for us adults but having to explain to a young child why their pet has suddenly vanished can be even more heart breaking. Try to prepare them by explaining on a simplistic level that the animal is poorly and will soon die. Ask them to consider ways they would like to remember their pet, such as planting a tree or putting up a plaque with its name.