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Surviving the Thanksgiving Holiday After Pet Loss



If you’re grieving over the loss of your pet, you might have trouble getting through the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving day brings many people together, often in the name of family, food, and football. However, if you’re grieving over the loss of your pet, this can be a difficult time of year because it’s hard not to think about past Thanksgiving spent with your furry friend by your side. Here are things that you can do to help you cope with your loss and get through the next few days.

The First Holiday After Pet Loss

The holiday season is tough on any pet owner, but it can be incredibly challenging for the ones who have recently lost a beloved pet. You might feel sad, lonely, and unable to look at others’ happy families. With some effort, you can create your own version of a happy family that includes your friends and other loved ones. Your first priority should be to take care of yourself during this difficult time.

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Try not to push yourself too hard or make unrealistic goals (such as being social 24/7). If you need space from others for a while, don’t hesitate to tell them what you need. Ask in order to feel better and honor yourself by taking care of your needs first.

Reminiscing During the Holidays

It’s time for family and friends, for reflection on what we’re grateful for in our lives. But when you’ve lost a beloved pet, it can be hard to imagine anything going right this holiday season. No matter how many years have passed since you lost your pet, it’s still tough to know they won’t be there with you this year. It takes time to get used to not having them around. But if you can make it through the holidays without feeling too sad or lonely, that is something to be thankful for.

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Keeping Memories Alive During the Holidays

After losing a pet, one of the hardest things about the holiday season is knowing what to do with old holiday decorations. The holidays are supposed to be a nostalgic time, but they don’t always feel that way when you’re missing your best friend. You can help keep memories alive by decorating this year’s tree with your pet’s favorite ornaments, wrapping gifts in their favorite colors, and keeping their spot on the mantel empty with a photo of them. You might also want to spend some time reminiscing over old photos of them as well. These smallest of things can make all the difference in remembering them this time of year.

Thankful for What You Have

The holidays can be difficult for those who have lost a pet. It’s hard to be thankful for what we have when we miss what we have. However, it is important to find something to be grateful for during this holiday season and every day afterward. Here are some of the ways you can start to feel more thankful:

● Thankful for health

● Thankful for family

● Thankful for a job

● Thankful for some good friends or that you’re able to connect with other people about pet loss online

How to Make it Through Your First Holiday Without Your Pet?

For many people, it’s hard to imagine life without that furry friend who was always there. Although the holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends, this time of year can be difficult for those grieving the loss of their pet. Here are some tips on how to make it through your first holiday without your pet:

● Include photos of you and your pet as part of your holiday decorations or in a holiday card.

● Play music from your favorite holiday movie or song that reminds you of happy memories with your pet.

● Take a moment to remember all the fun times you had with them when you were cooking a new recipe or making gingerbread houses.

● Gift yourself one or two pet sympathy gifts in their honor

The holidays can be hard enough without dealing with a pet loss. One way to make things a little easier is by making sure that you are not alone. If you have them, spend time with your family, friends, and other pets. It’s important to take care of yourself during this difficult time of year and remember that it will get better as time goes on.

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