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Bereavement and Pet Loss

Bereavement and Pet Loss

Pet Loss and Attachment The grief associated with a loss of pet can be great. Unfortunately, many people dismiss this loss as insignificant compared to loss of family or friends. The reality is the bond and attachment between a pet and owner can be just as intense. The blind eye of society to the severe suffering caused by the loss of a pet especially to children and the elderly is something that has begun to change with the more thorough study of grief. Attachment to a pet is something that is now seen as gravely important in anyone’s inter-relationships. In

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Loss of a Pet: Elderly and Pets

Loss of a Pet: Elderly and Pets

Elderly and Pets In many cases, the loss of a pet can be an extraordinary pain for an elderly person.  This is especially for elderly who have lost many family members and their spouse.  In many cases, the pet was probably the last attachment they had in the world. The loss of a pet in these cases needs to be treated more seriously.  Counselors need to pay special attention to the elderly.  Without something or someone to care for, the elderly can fall into depression or lose the will to live. If the elderly person is healthy enough, a new pet

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Pet Loss Recovery

Pet Loss Recovery

How to Deal with Pet Loss Grief? A couple of days ago our family dog died. It was very difficult for all of us. We had that dog for more than 13 years and I really felt like she was part of the family. She was a beautiful golden retriever and she had a great personality. She was always very good with my children and my children loved her. It is very difficult to know what to say to your children when a family pet dies. Right now I am looking up pet loss grief on the Internet to try

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Pet Loss and How to Overcome it.

Pet Loss and How to Overcome it.

What is Pet Loss Grief? Adults and kids tend to get really attached to their beloved pets. For children, it’s often worse when their pets die because they have a hard time expressing their pet loss grief and may choose to act out or simply cry. Adults should take the time to sit the child down and explain to him or her that their pet is no longer suffering and went to a better place. Kids don’t always understand that the dog or cat was there the day before and now it has simply vanished. By telling them the animal

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Pet loss grief

Pet loss grief

Pet Loss Grief and You. Lately I have noticed that our cat is starting to get a little bit old. He doesn’t seem to jump around play around anymore like he used to, and he seems to have a little bit of arthritis in his back and his joints. I’m really concerned about it, because I know that my wife is really attached to my cat. I’ve heard that some people suffer a lot of pet loss grief when their pets die, and I really don’t want that to happen to my wife. I wish there was some reason that

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Loss of a Pet

Loss of a Pet

Loss of a Pet can Hurt but There is Help! Some people believe that experiencing intense grief over the loss of a pet is ridiculous, and they will make those suffering great pain over a beloved animal feel like their pain is not to be taken seriously. Most of us who have truly loved a dog, cat, or other pet, however, know how real pet loss grief can be. For many people, a pet is indeed a member of the family, and people grow incredibly close to their pets over the years. The loss of a pet can leave a

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Ask Dr. Shu- Do other Pets Grieve the Loss of Another Pet?

Ask Dr. Shu- Do other Pets Grieve the Loss of Another Pet?

Do Other Pets greive When the Loss of Another Pet Happens? To someone who has never owned a pet, it may come to surprise that pets grieve for the loss of another pet.  Those who have owned dogs or cats before only know to well the pain and loss another pet can feel. I think the classic book, “Where the Red Fern Grows” captures this best as the one coon hound’s partner refused to eat or live without her partner.  Death came quickly in the grief of the other dog because she missed her friend so much. This can and