Feeling guilty because I miss my dog-Part 2
Three years ago today, I lost my beloved dog Homer. His death was so hard for me to come to terms with that, shortly thereafter, I started a thread on this forum where I wrote of my loss, terrible grief, and how I thought there might be something wrong with me because though I had lost many people close to me, his death was the one I was having the hardest time dealing with. The day after I wrote it I felt stupid and regretted my post, thinking that others would judge me or believe it was somehow disrespectful to those who had lost people to talk of my great pain and despair after losing my dog. But instead I received messages from those who knew how I felt, who assured me there was nothing wrong with my feelings, and whose kindness and understanding did so much to help me through the loss of my darling Homer.
Though I thought the thread would fade away, to my surprise it did not. Other people in pain from the loss or impending loss of their companion animals started posting, and the "Feeling guilty because I miss my dog" thread took on a life of its own. When the original thread became full, several people who had posted on it sent me emails asking if I was going to continue it as they'd found great comfort there and were hoping that an extension of the thread would allow others to find an outlet for their grief and to receive the same kind, loving words that I did when I originally posted about Homer. So, three years later, on the anniversary of his death, I am continuing the thread. It feels right.
If you are reading this now, it is most likely because you too have lost a dog or another animal that meant the world to you. Please tell us how you feel, talk about your pet, and freely open your heart. We can't take away your grief, but we can give you comfort and the benefit of our experiences. We have walked in your shoes.
I encourage you as well to look at the original thread, "Feeling guilty because I miss my dog", as there are some wonderful stories and really good advice there and many things you can most likely relate to.
Above all else, know that you are not alone, weird, or dysfunctional. Your loss is real and you have every reason to feel what you do.
All my best,
Here is a link that might be useful: Feeling guilty because I miss my dog