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A grieving human could look over the rainbow – The Denver Post

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Dear Amy: I am devastated by the grief of losing my beloved dog to cancer five weeks ago. He was only five years old.

I have good counselors, supportive friends and family, and a loving husband, but I struggle a lot with depression and grief.

I’m almost 40, but I’ve never lost someone close before, and this was my first pet.

I loved this dog with all my heart and I can’t accept how much this sweet and innocent dog must have suffered, and how much emptier our life and home feels without him.

I know we gave our dog a wonderful life and did everything we could for him, and I know so many other people have gone through this loss as well, but I am still swimming in grief and in so much pain. that I haven’t given much attention to my relationship with my husband or nurtured him during this time (although I manage to be functional with work and other activities).

My husband is also in mourning, but not visibly like me, and he often has the role of consoling me.

One of his wonderful qualities is that he is patient; at the same time, he doesn’t feel safe in our relationship because he feels like I’m not completely there.

I can’t get out of my grief.

Am I just giving myself time for this grief to take its course, or is there a way to course-correct and not make my husband feel ignored and invisible during this time?

— Sad Pet Mom

Dear Sad: Losing a pet is a loss like no other, because we love and care for our animal companions differently from the humans in our lives.

A grieving human could look over the rainbow – The Denver Post

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