THE EXPERIENCE OF PET LOSS – Signs You Are Healing (8 of 12)

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EXPERIENCE OF PET LOSS

SIGNS THAT YOU ARE HEALING

  • you think more about your pet’s life than you do about her/his death
  • emotions are not as intense and you feel a sense of control over them
  • energy level, sleep patterns, appetite, and other physiological changes brought about by the loss are returning to normal
  • you are regaining an interest in activities you enjoyed before your loss
  • reminders of your pet and the circumstances surrounding her/his death are not as painful
  • you do not try to avoid reminders of your pet
  • you are better able to remember the good times you shared with your pet
  • “triggers” or those memories that catch you off guard are not as overwhelming
  • you are beginning to focus more on the present and future and less on the past
  • you are able to talk about your pet without crying or feeling intense sadness
  • you can enjoy yourself, laugh, and have a good time without feeling guilty
  • you control your pain, it doesn’t control you
  • you do not feel guilty when realizing you no longer think about your pet all of the time
  • you have resolved any issues of guilt that you were experiencing
  • letting go of your pain does not feel as though you are betraying your pet
  • you no longer wish the world would stop because of your loss
  • letting go of your pain does not feel as though you are betraying your pet