Grieving the death of our companion animals can be one of the hardest things a pet owner will do. It is important to take the time to grieve and to experience your emotions.
Our compassionate team can help with resources to help you after the loss of a companion animal.
We would be honored to support you in your grief over the loss of your beloved pet. We offer grief counseling services that can help you process your loss, and provides tools and bereavement counseling for a healthy mourning process. We provide support and guidance in the following areas:
Although it can be difficult to face, it's important to give yourself time to mourn. You may want to suppress the grief and keep up appearances, but your to-do list can wait and your friends and family will understand if you need some time to grieve.
Be kind to yourself, and remember that sadness is not a weakness, it's a part of life. Suppressing your feelings will only increase stress, anxiety and anger in the long run.
Finding a way to honor your departed pet is an important part of the healing process. Memorializing your pet can help bring you closure, and provide a sweet reminder of all the good times.
Did your pet have a beloved toy? A personalized collar or a favorite spot to curl up? Reflect on these details and take the time to create a little memorial just for them.
While some believe it's kinder to lie to children about the reality of their pet's death, consider it an opportunity to teach them a valuable lesson about mortality and the grieving process.
Pet loss can show your children what your family does when something sad happens, and that grief and loss are normal parts of life. They can and should grieve, but it's also okay to eventually move on and feel happy again.
You may encounter people who are insensitive to your loss because they don't understand it. They may diminish how you feel (intentionally or not) and suggest you should "just get a new pet".
We will help you navigate conversations about your loss with the people in your life, and give you tools to politely but firmly insist on your right to process your loss in your own way.
Overwatch Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Clarksville companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.