Grief of My Therapy Pet

Grief of a Therapy Pet

The grief of my therapy pet has been an ongoing process! A year ago, I said goodbye to Lucia, my dog. I have been dreading yesterday since last May 8th. My grieving process is best described as complicated.

grieving/healing pfrocess is not linear

All year long, I have been learning how to live without my therapy pet and companion. Losing a family member in your daily life makes many changes, and I don’t like change! Being someone who is at home a lot and sick a lot has made me miss her in a therapeutic way that is hard to describe.

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As I read back through my post from last year, the pictures of her lying with me are what I miss the most. She physically comforted and calmed my body and mind. I now lay in bed with a migraine attack and feel more alone than ever because I am. Having her hold my hand or listening to her breathe made things less isolating, and I miss her more than words can express! It feels like a piece of my body was stripped away, and it still takes time to heal.

The end of the post will be something I will forever be able to repost. It never gets easier. Finding people I can talk to about her has been helpful. Pet grief is the same as human grief (or maybe stronger, depending on the relationship). You don’t get over love in a day. You don’t get over love ever. All I can do is be grateful for the love I had and will forever hold in my heart.

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Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. My kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate me to make a difference in the Migraine World.
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3 Comments

  1. Mimi on May 11, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Such Sweet Memories of Lucia, what power Love has, what a Blessing she continues to be in your heart, thank-you for reminding us that grief takes time and how much therapy pets impact our lives and healing.



  2. Invisibly Me on May 12, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    My heart aches reading this. I remember when you first posted about losing her. It still makes me so sad thinking of my old dog, and he passed 6 years ago. Your memories of Lucia and the love she gave will always be yours. Sending hugs ????



  3. mymigrainelife on May 12, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you ❤️



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