The most important way to cope with the emotions you feel after the loss of your pet is ACKNOWLEDGING them. Give yourself PERMISSION TO FEEL.
Grief is a natural and healthy process, DO NOT DENY, REPRESS or IGNORE your emotions. Doing so will only prolong your suffering and can lead to mental and physical disease.
GIVE YOURSELF TIME to heal - take as much time off work as you need to.
RELEASE YOUR EMOTIONS - CRY as much as you need to, TALK about your feelings with someone you trust, WRITE/JOURNAL about how you feel, scream into a pillow if you need to. Release the emotions in any way that feels good for you.
Memorialising your pet is a great way to help you focus on positive memories of your pet. Remembering the good times you shared can help you overcome the grief.
The loss of a pet can be especially hard for children. This may be the first experience they have with death, and they may not understand why there friend is no longer with them. It is very important to BE HONEST with them about the death of a pet. BE OPEN and allow them to COMMUNICATE their feelings. Most children cope very well if they understand what is happening and feel included.
See links below for tips and activities for helping children through grief: