05-23-2013, 11:58 AM
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Grief is real and grief over the loss of a pet is real. It affects each of us differently. I would seek our someone to talk to...pastor/spiritual leader, counselor, good friend. Often simply having someone listen helps a lot. There are also books on handling grief that might help.
What helps me is to shed all the tears I need to, then focus on how much that animal enriched my life (and hopefully I enriched his), give myself a certain amount of time, and then go look for another companion (which is not always easy).
You are not alone in how you feel. Loss is a part of living. I have many special friends hidden away in the corners of my heart. Most of us understand and you have our sympathy.