Losing a human is heartbreaking. Death in general is difficult to fully comprehend. It feels wrong and it feels like a part of us is lost too. It’s also a subject many of us try to avoid at all costs. Why is it we humans have more sympathy for a dogs death? We live in a society where it’s okay to treat your dog like a human baby, but why are we looked down upon for grieving too much after the death of that same animal? There is scientific proof dogs ease anxieties, stress and depression. How many humans do you know that can do that? There are very few. Here are the ways in which losing a pet can be worse than losing a human.
- No Communication With Your Pet
When a person in your life dies, they have last words, reactions, feelings, and emotions. They can indicate how they are feeling and why they are scared or why they are at peace. Dogs cannot communicate during their final hours of life. Many dogs hide away and let life take them. Communication is key in any relationship and our dogs communicate the very least when they are suffering. If only we could hear our dogs final thoughts. It would be closure. It would be the proper ending to something special.
- No Funeral
Imagine inviting your friends and family members to a funeral for your dog. People would think it was a cruel joke. It’s not acceptable in society and not practical for a mature adults life. We never have the opportunity to properly grieve for our beloved dogs. We are required to get over it. Don’t skip work. Don’t cry too much. Don’t have a funeral.
- Our Daily Routines Change
One of the most significant parts of life is our daily routine. A routine keeps most of us moving and functioning properly. It plays a role in exercising, motivation, digestion and living an able-bodied existence. Many dogs keep us on that healthy routine. Without our dogs, many of us don’t have a reason to stay on track. Why wake up at 6am and take a long walk? Our dogs were that reason.
- Unconditional Love Forever
Unlike people who criticize, cause insecurities, neglect, and live selfishly; our treasured pets only offer us unconditional, endless love. A dog’s purpose is to protect and make us happy. If they do those two things, they are satisfied. When a person in our life dies we may remember the bad times or the hurtful things they’ve said. A dog doesn’t do those things.
- Don’t Miss Work
“You’re missing work over a dog?” This is a sentence I’ve heard in the workplace. Some people will never understand the deep companionship animals can offer. That’s why many employers won’t ever understand the need to grieve for a dog over several days. Many people are expected to continue their lives as if nothing ever happened. Our work may suffer, our relationships at work may dull and resentment can build if we don’t grieve properly. Our lives are greatly affected by the death of a dog but we pretend we’re fine.