Losing a beloved pet can be very hard on people. They become part of the family, like a friendly cat who loves to sit in your lap while you are working. People domesticated dogs first, about 14,000 years ago. Some wonder whether people brought cats into their lives long ago or if it was the other way around. Almost 70% of households have a pet. The most common, of course, are dogs and cats but people also have animals like horses, hamsters, fish, and so on.
Owning a pet can be great for one’s mental health. They genuinely make people happy. They also keep people active, such as needing to take dogs on daily walks. However, the sad part is that most don’t have that long of life spans. When they die it can be traumatic for people. It can also be alienating as some friends and family will wonder why you’re so upset over the life of “just an animal”.
Talkspace is a company headquartered in New York City. They offer an app which can be used on both Android and Apple devices. This app offers access to a therapist who will help you through the things happening in your life, such as the loss of a beloved pet. It is text-based therapy. Each user is matched with the therapist who is most likely to help them through their problems in life.
You can write to your therapist anytime you want in Talkspace. One reviewer of this app said that she texted her therapist two or three times a day and heard back from them around twice a day. She said that after getting to know her the therapist gave her actionable strategies which were exactly what she was looking for. She engaged in things such as trauma and catharsis work which really helped out.