Why Pets Are Important in Our Lives
Pets are vital to our well-being and enrich our lives in countless ways. Our pets provide companionship, teach our children responsibility, give us new purpose during career changes or retirement, play significant roles in our communities, and offer much-needed laughter and love at just the right time. They are our best friends.
Pets Give You Unconditional Love
Animals don’t ask for much in life; most just need a warm, safe and comfortable place to live, along with plenty of food, water, and exercise. But in return, they will show you unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship. Dogs and cats especially are known to offer unconditional love. A furry friend means you’ll always have a little living being waiting patiently for you at home, ready to welcome you with a wagging tail or a purr.
Pets Offer Emotional Support
The amount of support an animal can provide is incredible. Certain dog breeds are perfect for providing emotional and physical support if you require assistance or have special needs. A dog or cat can alleviate loneliness, provide companionship and someone to talk to, and sit with you in the evenings. Pets can be a lifesaver when it comes to depression and grief. They can give you a sense of purpose and motivation to get out of bed when feeling particularly down or anxious. Animals can have a deeply calming effect on humans and can often sense their owners’ moods: cuddling up to you when you are feeling sad or licking your hands when you are anxious.
The Human-Pet Bond is Strong
We must first acknowledge the relationship we have with our pets. Pets hold a special place in our hearts regardless of their breed or species. Pet owners often talk about their pets in terms of endearment, stories of the happiness they bring to our lives, and descriptions that show just how much they mean to us. They are often referred to as ‘Fur babies’ or ‘fuzzy children.’ These are just some of the ways that people express how strong the bond is between humans and their pets. For this reason, the loss of a pet can have a huge impact on us that can be as devastating as, or even more painful than, the loss of a human loved one.
When a pet dies, pet owners can become overwhelmed with a sense of loss due to memories of time spent with their pet and seeing another animal that looks similar to or behaves like their pet. Luckily there are ways to remember and pay tribute to your pet through new technology offered by Eterneva. Through a unique and meaningful process, Eterneva helps families and friends honor the bright moments of life by turning the ashes of their loved ones into a diamond they will be able to hold close forever.
Grief is Natural
People who lose a pet often feel alone, as non-pet owners do not understand the pain they are experiencing. When a pet dies, it is very natural and totally normal to experience a great deal of grief. The amount of time it takes to cope with and “get over” the loss of a pet can vary from person to person, just as it does with human death. Grief is a very personal experience, but it is important to understand that love, support, and, in some cases, professional counseling can be helpful. When a person experiences this type of loss, they go through similar stages to those experienced by other types of loss.
The stages of grief include, while not always in this order:
- DENIAL – Refusing to accept that the pet has truly died or that the pet is in a situation where death is unavoidable due to serious injuries or illness.
- ANGER – When a pet dies, the person closest to the pet may blame everyone or say things they don’t really mean.
- GUILT – Not recognizing an illness earlier, not taking a pet to the veterinarian sooner, or somehow being involved in the circumstances surrounding an accident or injury can all lead to guilt.
- DEPRESSION – When a pet dies, most people exhibit depression by crying, feeling overwhelmed, or feeling lonely; extreme depression may require medical treatment, such as not wanting to continue with daily routines or not taking care of oneself after the loss of a pet.
- ACCEPTANCE – At some point, the person will understand the loss and accept it for what it is, no longer blaming or feeling guilty about what happened.
- RESOLUTION – the final stage of grief is when the person can finally reflect back on memories of time spent with a pet without becoming overwhelmed by sadness, anger, and loss; coming to terms when a pet dies can take days, weeks, or months, but it is important to reach this stage and deal with your emotions.
Honoring Your Pet
When a pet passes away, there are many different ways to honor your dog, cat, or exotic animal. Some people choose to keep their pet’s ashes, have a burial ceremony at a grave site, or simply create a symbol of remembrance, such as a plaque, a cast of the pet’s paw print, a painting, or other types of artwork. Eterneva goes one step further by turning cremated ashes into memorial diamonds. It’s a beautiful way to carry the memory of our loved ones with us long after they have passed away.