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4 Ways to Cope with the Death of Your Chihuahua

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Enjoy this guest post on something we all have to deal with eventually.

Having a chihuahua as a member of your family is a very special experience. They bring a great deal of joy into your home, and their personalities always find their way into your heart.

3 tone chihuahua with toy

 

The memories you build together are likely to be as impactful and important as any you create with your human friends and family. Which is why, when they pass away, it can be a traumatic event. They may be small in size, but their death tends to leave a big hole in your life.

So what are the best ways to handle the grief of your chihuahua’s sad passing? Are there areas of focus that can help you transition the key stages of grief? Let’s take a closer look at some activities that can help you cope at this difficult time.

1. Maintain an Open Dialogue

At any challenging time of our lives, one of the worst things we can do is stay silent. The death of a pet is no different. Keeping your emotions, thoughts, and fears bottled up can have a destructive influence on your mental health.

Unfortunately there is a tendency in our society to minimize the loss when it comes to pets, but the truth is the loss of such a loved and constant
companion can be devastating. 

In the days following the death of your chihuahua, take time to talk first about how you are feeling. This can be especially useful if you join together as a family to do so. Create a forum through which everyone feels able to talk about their pain. However, it’s equally important to
also talk about your positive experiences with your chihuahua — discuss those happy memories, and share funny stories too.

Remember, grief can continue long after the initial shock of death. Therefore it’s important to keep talking, and share your pain whenever the need arises.

2. Celebrate Their Life

Your chihuahua was a special and unique animal. Their passing deserves to be marked in a way that befits their place as a part of your family. By arranging a ceremony that celebrates their life, you can not only make a milestone that signals a moment for you to move beyond, but it also directs the energy of your grief in a way that is practical and positive.

One of the best things about designing a funeral for your chihuahua is there are fewer constraints and traditions than you’d find with the human variety. This means that you are free to make the program as personal and creative as you’d like.

Get your children involved too; have them write poetry, recall memories, and choose music. Make a digital slideshow with photographs of your family and your chihuahua. Choose a pleasant spot for burial, or take a trip together to the perfect location to scatter their ashes. This may be a sad and difficult time in your life, but by celebrating your chihuahua you all get to take a moment to appreciate just how much joy they brought in their short time on the planet.

scared white long hair chihuahua

3. Keep Their Memory Alive 

Just because your chihuahua has passed away, it doesn’t mean that they won’t continue to have an influence on your life. There will be times that you or your family will want to take a moment to recall favorite stories, or simply smile at the thought of your pet’s various antics.

Finding ways to keep your chihuahua’s memory alive can be a useful tool to help you cope in the long term. Creating a formalized memorial is a good start. Take time to check out pet urns , and select the one which can function as the centerpiece of the small space in your home that you keep dedicated to your doggy  companion. Surround it with pictures that your children draw of their pet, of photographs depicting their personality, even rest it on top of a favorite cushion. This gives you and your family a specific place they can visit and spend a little time just sitting with their memories.

Don’t be afraid to keep your chihuahua’s birthday on the calendar, too. This can give you all a
specific day in which you can revisit your fond thoughts of your little furry family member. Perhaps take a trip to their favorite spot to walk and explore.

4. Make a Difference

When a pet passes, we can often feel powerless to do anything. Especially when they die from a long illness. One of the ways to combat this is by getting involved in causes that improve the lives of chihuahuas and other breeds.

You can put together a small fundraising event that helps to support research and treatment into the illness that your companion experienced. Alternatively, you can commit time to volunteering at an animal shelter — helping those dogs who haven’t yet been lucky enough to find the type of loving home your chihuahua enjoyed.

There’s no better tribute to the loss of a loved pet, than directing your grief toward making the lives of other animals better.

Conclusion

There’s no escaping the fact that the death of your beloved chihuahua is going to be painful. However, by ensuring that you keep talking about your feelings and finding moments to appreciate their impact on your life, you can find a way through the most difficult of the days
ahead.

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Maria Larracuente

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Thank you for this article,my fur baby passed away a month ago and I blame myself because he slipped out of the gate. My depression went out of control. I was able to adopt his little brother, i know that he won't replace him, but I feel a little better. I purchased a pillow with his picture that I can see him everyday. Plus,with your encouragement words I am doing much better.

Cathy

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

I'm so sorry Maria. I know how hard it is. 30 years ago, I lost 2 of my fur babies accidentally and I went into a horrible depression and blamed myself so I know what you are going through. I try to think it would not honor them to think of them with guilt and sorrow and just think of the wonderful dogs they were and how much we loved each other. It helps.

Jody

Monday 28th of September 2020

Thanks to Everyone for writing! Dixie, you give me hope that one day I will be able to open my heart and home again. It's just been Annie and me for so long. I'm just not ready. Today I started cleaning my house!! Got out the Pledge and dusted the parlor. Took down all the beautiful cards I received from so many friends. I vacuumed the whole house. I'll clean one room at a time. From reading this article, I took out all Annie's photos and plan on making a collage.

Pauline, I'm so sorry for your loss of such a young pup. I love the idea of a tattoo!

"Bless the Beasts and the Children, Give them shelter from the storm. Keep them safe; keep them warm"...I love that song by Karen Carpenter.

Dixie

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Jody, I was reading about your loss and the other circumstances in your family and I am so so so very sorry you have to go thru this but the pain will ease, not quickly, but now my Irene and my sweet Henry are not in my chair with me as they were, but they are in their urns on the shelf above my computer. It has been 4 and a half years since I had to say goodbye to Henry and just 4 years since I lost my sweet Irene. I now have Rosa and William here in the chair with me and I love them dearly. We also have Pinto our deer head rescue and sweet silly BO, my husband's rescue that is a funny wild haired terrier mix. He was abused in horrible ways but we take a lot of comfort in the fact that he, and Pinto, are loved, happy, healthy, and safely asleep in our bed with full tummies on a cold rainy night. It makes me happy also that THEY KNOW THEY ARE LOVED and THEY CAN DEPEND ON US. Maybe when the time is right you and your family can find a rescue that needs you so much and in honor of Annie's life, you can take this new furbaby home and love it with all your heart, for Annie's memory!

Pauline Parnell

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I lost my little little mojo to violent seizures. He was only 2. He died in my arms. I miss him so much that sometimes my arms ache to hold him. His brother juju is still having a hard time. But what I did was get a tattoo on my arm with his name and paw prints. So he will be with me forever! Thank you for listening. Love this website, you have helped me so much.

Pauline

Dixie

Monday 28th of September 2020

@Pauline Parnell, What a fantastic idea, I sure wish I had thought of the tattoos!!! I could get a tattoo of my furbabies that I have now! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

Cathy

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Oh, I'm so sorry Pauline. He was so young! I love your idea of a tattoo.

Susie

Saturday 26th of September 2020

Yes thank you for sharing those beautiful moments of you And your loved one. There are no words to describe what the grief we go through. Some have illnesses some pass away with out no warning but peaceful. Some pass away tragic. Some just old age. What ever the case we all grieve. Never to escape the pain. But one thing certain. We carry them in our hearts forever. You will see them again. That is a promise. FROM GOD.

Dixie

Monday 28th of September 2020

@Jody, thanks for your post. It is very helpful!

Cathy

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I sure hope so Susie. Having all my fur babies with me is my idea of heaven.

Jody

Sunday 27th of September 2020

@Susie, Thank you......