Not Just a Pet

Photogrief / Photogrief : Eleanor Haley

by Jacquelyn Kates

Today marks 12 days since I said good bye to Maveric. There are many components to his loss that are complicating my grief experience, but the primary difficulty is that I am disenfranchising my own loss. The continuous thought churning in my head is that I should not be so deeply saddened over the death of an animal. Yet, rationally, I know that Maveric was not just a pet. He fulfilled many roles in my life including roommate, confidant, door greeter, alarm clock, pillow, best friend, and furry-baby.

As I mourn the loss of Maveric, and others grieve the loss of their four-legged family members, we need to remind ourselves that our grief experiences are unique, valid, and deserve to be acknowledged. I feel Maveric’s void in many places, but most vividly in my heart.

Submit and subscribe

Let’s be grief friends.

We post a new article to What’s Your Grief about once a week. Subscribe to stay up to date on all our posts.

Related Blog Posts

Related Blog Posts

See More

One Comment on "Not Just a Pet"

Click here to leave a Comment
  1. Geneviève  October 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm Reply

    I know how you feel. My cat Pumpkin is 18 she was my husband’s cat, my husband died in a mountain accident last year which is the reason I follow WYG posts that I find very helpful. I wish you the best, I think the message I got from my husband was “keep going”! Your cat will remain close to you.

Leave a Comment

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.