Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously

Guy Winch writing at Scientific American:

Losing a beloved pet is often an emotionally devastating experience. Yet, as a society, we do not recognize how painful pet loss can be and how much it can impair our emotional and physical health. Symptoms of acute grief after the loss of a pet can last from one to two months with symptoms of grief persisting up to a full year (on average).

I know it’s nearly always taken me much longer than even I would have thought to get over the loss of any of my dogs. Most recently, the loss of Cisco and Cassidy have been particularly difficult.

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