How Owning a Pet can Help Heal After a Suicide
by Kevin Caruso
Pets offer unconditional love. And that is something that everyone can benefit from, particularly someone who has lost a loved one to suicide.
Losing a loved one to suicide is excruciatingly painful. And the more things that you can do to help ease that pain, the better.
If you have lost a loved one to suicide and already own a pet, then you know what I am talking about. Your pet is a part of your family and is giving you comfort.
If you do not own a pet, you can consider bringing one into your family. But DO NOT make a hasty decision. Acquiring a pet is a long-term commitment, so you need to give it some thought first.
So when is the right time to buy a pet after a suicide? There is no definite answer to that; just make sure that you AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY are ready for the responsibility.
Why type of pet should you buy? A dog? A cat? A bird?
Most people buy dogs or cats, and you probably want to do the same, particularly for your first pet.
But understand the potential PROBLEMS that come along with a dog or cat. A dog that is constantly barking and ripping up your furniture can be a big problem.
Dogs bark. Some more than others. So do you live in an apartment complex where that would be a problem?
Do you have enough space for a dog?
Dogs need to be housebroken.
And cats like to SCRATCH things. So will you freak out the first time your cat scratches your couch?
So, bottom line, do your homework before buying a pet. Buy some books, conduct some research on the Internet, and talk with other people who have pets.
A pet can be a wonderful companion for you and help ease your pain, but be sure that you are ready for the responsibility and the potential problems before you buy one.
God bless you.
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I love you.