The love and bond between a boy and his dog is one of the first true bonds that is tested in death for a child. It is a sad loss with true value but also a loss that teaches one the nature of death in this broken world. One learns though how to love, how to give and how to be love unconditionally back.
The article, “A Boy and His Dog: Finding Strengths and the Capacity To Love Through Grief and Loss” illustrates how conventional stereotypes of how a man should grieve and the loss of a dog brought one man to his knees in grief. The article states,
“No one tells you how multi-layered grief can be: I supposed it is one of those things that must be experienced first-hand. I know if I am going to resolve my grief, I have to feel this. I have to accept this loss and let “sad” happen. ”
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I think this article pastes together these two aspects of how men should grieve and how loss does not see one’s gender when grieving the loss of one of our furry friends. Please also review our Pet Loss Grief Counseling program to learn more and become trained in Pet Loss Grief Counseling.