Why we should start recognising the loss of a pet as ‘real grief’

via Why we should start recognising the loss of a pet as ‘real grief’

About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., CT

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontology Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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3 Responses to Why we should start recognising the loss of a pet as ‘real grief’

  1. Auntysocial says:

    From all of my professional experience in end of life care, managing residential homes,training staff in loss and bereavement and the personal loss of friends and relatives, nothing made me grieve as much as losing my dogs. The last of my friends I let go broke my heart I absolutely sobbed like a little girl and I often think how it must feel for older people in particular who have no other immediate family or pets and are fobbed off, told it’s only a pet or worse told to replace them as though it’s as easy as that.

    They are the best and sometimes only friends we have more so for older people whose spouse and possibly own children have died. Doesn’t matter if it’s a dog, cat, bird or a goldfish they are still our closest companions.


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