Deciding to remove a deceased pets’ belongings is a very personal act and should be done as and when the time is right for the pet carer to do so, but it is also an act that can compound feelings of guilt or betrayal.
Most pets will have gathered many personal belongings over their life time and it’s important that the pet carer does not make any rash decisions when deciding what to do with these items after the pet has died.
For many, their pets’ personal belongings left in situ can be a constant painful reminder, whilst others take comfort from those items being in full view e.g. water bowl, lead, toys and bed.
Pet carers tend to be very indecisive or sometimes erratic in their behaviour during bereavement therefore any major decisions should be left until they are thinking clearer.
Advice for pet carers –
Dawn Murray's new book 'An Introduction to Pet Bereavement Counselling' is now available to buy on Amazon. This is a must have reference book for anyone who supports or counsels others through pet bereavement.