06-18-2013, 09:17 AM
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It does get easier with time, but it's a gradual process. It's not like you're going to reach 12 months out and suddenly be fine. That's not how grief works, whether for the loss of a significant human or a beloved animal companion.
It took me 3 years before I could even say my horse's name without tearing up. I won't tell you it'll ever be the same as it was before they died, because it won't. But life goes on, and time makes the burden easier to bear.
Get up, get out, do the things you love. Constant, unrelenting mourning does nothing but make you feel worse. You have to go on, simply because there isn't any other acceptable alternative.