Losing a pet due to old age and natural causes is difficult but losing one to an accident is even more heartbreaking. Like any unexpected death it can cause trauma and intense grief. It is every pet owners greatest fear to discover an unexpected death or a pet hit by a car.
The article, “Coping with a pet’s accidental death — especially when you blame yourself” by Gavin Jenkins looks closer at personal stories of how others dealt with the sudden and tragic death of their pets. He states,
“Grieving the loss of a pet is often as painful as mourning a close friend or relative. But being responsible for and witnessing your pet’s death can add guilt, trauma and shame to the heartbreak. And as we discovered after Suzy died, this emotional toll impedes the grieving process.”
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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Support.