Dear Pie's Mummy/Daddy:
I am sorry for your loss of your beloved Pie, my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of loss.
Your feelings of loss and emptiness are normal parts of the grief process. Our fur babies are part of our families and the loss of one of them, especially the ones we had a special bond with, can be as painful or sometime more painful than the loss of a human family member.
Unfortunately, the grief from the loss of a fur baby is not always supported as it should be. You are lucky to have supportive people around you but there will be people who do not love fur babies the way we do may say things like "it was just a dog/cat or why don't you just get another cat/dog". I don't think these folks mean to be intentionally hurtful, they just don't understand. This forum is a safe and good place to talk about your grief because we all understand and are going through or have been through our own loss and grief.
It is said "we cannot walk around grief, we have to walk through it" which I thinks means we will cry and feel our loss for as long as we need to, you will need to take as long as you need to grieve your loss. Time does not heal but it does helps us process the shock of our loss and the immediate disbelief. You will always miss Pie and often feel sadness, but over time, the grief you have now will be replaced in your heart with the happy and loving memories of Pie.
Pie will always be with you, the love you had does not go away, her spirit is with you and watching over you. When I feel overwhelmed by the grief, I stop, sit, take some deep breathes until I feel centered and calm and then picture my departed fur baby Mia and slowly place this picture in my heart and feel her love and warmth. I think also about other things I am grateful for, like her brother Shadow who is still with me and this brings me comfort.
Be kind to yourself and take care of yourself. Hugs Cynthia.