When we discover our dog is soon to die or will die within months, we start to prepare ourselves for that horrible day. Anticipatory grief sets in as we await the time we dread. We try to enjoy the good days and stretch out as much time left.
Waiting for one’s dog to let them know it is time to die is a sad journey. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification
The article, “My Dog is Dying” from “What’s Your Grief” looks at the pain and questions surrounding this period. The article states,
“And yet I know the inevitable is coming. I find myself bracing for it every day, hypervigilant and tense. I watch his every move like a hawk. Did he eat? How much did he eat? Does it look like he’s in pain? Is that tumor bigger than it was yesterday? On his bad days I find myself mentally preparing. I’ve brought myself to tears more than once thinking about my world without him. I think about his long, happy life. I remind myself that I don’t want him to suffer.”
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Losing a pet is difficult and it can take time to recover from. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Support