It was white, fluffy, warm and snuggly – a very sweet maltese-poodle mixed pup named “Oly.” While at first I was overwhelmed with responsibility, making this dog a part of my life has been a healthy distraction from my grief. He goes with me everywhere, brings me comfort and makes me laugh. My days became less focused on feeling sad, and more about taking the dog to the beach or giving him a bath (which is usually the outcome of a day at the beach!).
If you have suffered a traumatic loss, it’s often advised that you should not make any life-changing decisions right away. Such as changing careers, moving across the country…or getting a pet!? Bereavement experts suggest waiting until a year or two for big changes, because grief and trauma bring a rollercoaster of emotions that make healing hard enough (read more).
Fortunately, this dog came into my life already house broken and well-behaved at one year old. I didn’t have to deal with any new puppy frustrations. I was ready for Oly – ready for something to brighten my days and make me happy. So before you make a major life change, take some time to really understand what you need.
What’s the one thing that has helped you heal?