My Mom is 72 and is having a terrible time getting past our having to out out dog to sleep after 9 years of being together 24/7, We both loved that dog like family and it is hard on both of us but Mom can't sleep and she hears and sees him at night. I think she feels guilty in a way but I know deep in my heart we did the right thing it just doesn't seem like it.
She sates to be in the house and has been taking antidepressant elavil 25 mg, occasionally a valium when things get really bad.
She is worried that I have let most of my friends and past life behind to take care of her and she won't be here long.
We live together along with my grown son and thinks now that since my buddy is gone she will be gone soon and I will be left alone. I cannot convince her otherwise.