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How to cope with losing a pet

Posted at 8:39 AM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 08:55:49-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla.--When a pet passes away, it's like losing a family member. 4 in your corner has some ways you can get through that devastating loss. 

Avow Cares in Naples say you can start by having a burial or memorial service for your pet. You can also talk to your vet about options.

Focus on the happy times you had with your pet. You can also hold on to their favorite toys or bowls. Find ways to honor and remember your pet. You can plant a flower or tree in their honor or make a photo album of your pet. 

Give yourself time to accept the loss and reflect. It's important to allow yourself to express grief. Share your feelings with a another pet owner, support group or with a counselor.

If you're not comfortable talking, you can express yourself creatively by writing, drawing or playing music.

If you recently lost a pet, Avow Cares in Naples has a free, pet loss support group. It's on the first Monday of each month. For more information, click here