Grief of My 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.
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.
How the Loss of My Dog Meant More with Migraine?
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.
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.
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 ????
Thank you ❤️