Covid and the Aftermath...
I am sure that I will speak for many of you, in my mind Covid had a huge impact on not just the society and community, or our communication skills, but it had a detrimental effect on our mental and emotional well-being.
It affected not just a few, but it affected anyone and everyone on some deep level.
Lockdown really brought many to their knees, be it due to loss of health, loss due to bereavement, financial loss and so on.
Although it was said that there will be support for vulnerable people, it was all very much a hit and miss. I was caring for my late husband at the time, and I never felt so alone, and I was literally alone.
I was only one of hundreds of thousands , and I can only imagine how much suffering people went through.
Now though, we have the aftermath, and everyone has to pick up the pieces to hopefully be able to move forward again.
The suicide rate has gone through the roof, and so many are suffering extreme mental anguish and depression.
Domestic violence has increased and is at an all-time high. It is all very much a scary prospect, but we as a society will pull through, because we have no other choice.
There are so very many though who are not able to move on without that extra support, and this is where psychotherapy , coaching and counselling comes into it’s own, it is a vital service which is available to all.
And yes this is where our pets would have played a huge part in our well-being, they would have been a reason to get up in the morning, the reason to look after ourselves, otherwise we would not have been able to do right by them.
So if we now then lose our incredible important part of our lives, the grief we will feel is so immense and incomprehensible, that the pain can be unimaginable.
Pet bereavement is very very real .
This is something so very close to my heart.
Often our pets are our only constant companions, they have that special place in our heart which only an animal can reach in my eyes.
I am surrounded by animals, be they pets from my family or my very own furry companions. This is wonderful in itself, but when it is time , and one of our companions is ready to leave this plane, it is the most soul destroying thing to go through.
It does not matter what species our pets are, be they furry, have feathers, or are cold blooded, what they mean to us, and what part of our hearts they occupy, it is just the same.
The comfort we take from our pets is second to none, and when this all so familiar companion is no longer by our side, we feel a huge loss which can hardly be put into words.
No, it is not just a cat, or dog, it is not just a silly hamster or rat, and no it is not just a duck who greets you every morning, a duck who is desperate to be let out to get to the pool for a daily swim, and no, it is not just a snake, or any reptile for that matter.
No, it is a living breathing being, who managed to wiggle itself right deep into our souls.
So yes, the grief is very very real, and often we cannot move forward, we cannot find the motivation to even get up in the morning, or even feed ourselves.
So that is what is meant when we talk about Pet Bereavement.
I am here if you need me to help you to decipher your emotions, and I am here to hold you tentatively within it.