Just as you first said hello, one day you will have to say good-bye. This is the heartbreak of loving a Pug. No one wants to think about this happening. But when it does, the emotions can be overwhelming.
What happens when you lose your constant companion, your friend? While most Pug lovers fully understand what you are going through, others may not. How do you work through your grief while trying to live your day-to-day life?
If you are having an especially hard time coping with the sadness you can find comfort in others. There are numerous support groups. There you can share your sadness and memories. These group members understand what you are going through. All of these people are at some stage of healing so they can be a huge comfort. You can find these support groups in both the real and virtual worlds. The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) website is a great place to start.
If a support group is not for you, there are other ways to honor your friend’s memory. You can publicly memorialize them with a donated tree. You could find a Pug related charity or rescue shelter and make a donation in their name. This will ensure that your Pug’s memory will live on.
If you desire something more private you can make a memorial spot in your yard. You could plant some flowers and place a park bench in their favorite spot. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
There are also internet sites which allow you to create a memorial page. You can post pictures and stories of your Pug. You can also invite others to leave their memories as well.
You might take comfort in helping others. You could donate your time at a local rescue organization or shelter. These animals need the love you have to give. Sometimes, the simple act of giving helps lessen the pain of loss.
Some people may decide to get another Pug. While this is not for everyone, it is an option. Sometimes the best way to overcome pain is to replace it with love. A new Pug will need you and love you. This does not replace the Pug you lost. However, it may help fill the emptiness in your heart and home.
If you have children this can be their first experience with loss. It can be especially hard on them. They may not understand where their Pug has gone. You should pay special attention to these children. Answer their questions in an age appropriate manner. They will need your full support to help process their heartache.
You may know someone who has recently lost their Pug. If you do, you can help with their grief. There are specialty cards to express your sympathy. You could make a donation in their Pugs name. Or sometimes simply offering a shoulder to cry on is the best any friend can do.
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