At Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology Services of Oyster Bay, we understand that the deep love for your pet creates an additional family member. In Nassau County, we can help you cope with the loss of your loved one through our pet bereavement services.
It is expected you will feel guilt, denial, anger and depression after the loss of your pet. We aim to have you understand that guilt will only add to your grief and hinder the healing process. Our Nassau County psychologists can help relieve your guilt and help you cope in a healthy manner.
Here are some tips we recommend for coping with the loss of your pet:
- Talk about it
- Let go of your guilt
- Hold a ceremony
- Take your time
- Ask your veterinarian any lingering questions
- Honor your pet through memorial
We understand that the loss of a pet can be extremely difficult for a child. Children often don’t remember a time in their lives where the pet wasn’t around. Our Nassau County psychologists recommend being honest about the death in order to avoid further frightening and confusing the child. This may be their first experience with death so it is important to follow certain steps in helping them cope.
- Let your child see you grieve
- Tell your child they are not at fault
- Involve your child in the euthanization process
- Allow your child to create a memento in the pet’s memory
- Involve your child in any memorial service
- Do not rush to replace the pet
In Nassau County, we will provide you with the tools that you need in order to cope with the loss of your beloved pet. We value the relationship between humans and animals at our pet-friendly office. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more. Let us ease your pain and help you to celebrate the life of your pet.