The grief from losing a pet is so deep, so real and so heartbreaking. I hear the above statements weekly from people who are seeking an answer or some comfort as they deal with the profound loss they are experiencing. I can really only listen and try to explain from my perspective why this grief over the loss of a pet is so overwhelming.
I think the love we share with our pets is as close to a pure love as we human beings can experience. Our pets accept us. Period. They don’t care what we look like, how much money we have or don’t have, whether we have a big house or small or any house at all. They accept without question our angry days, quiet days, busy days, happy days and sad days. They don’t share such human concepts as aging, days lost, time wasted, mistakes made and judge us for them. To them, life really and truly “is what it is”.
I advise people to allow this grief, don’t question it and for heaven’s sake, don’t feel guilty about it. It doesn’t take anything away from anyone or anything else that you have loved something so profoundly. Perhaps you already can see or I know that in time that you will see that it was a blessing to be loved by any living thing this completely without being asked for much in return. Perhaps this is why their lives are briefer that ours; perhaps they are here to teach us an earthly example of pure love.