For too long the stigma of grieving a pet as if losing a family member was looked upon as abnormal. This view is changing now and the grief of losing a pet is becoming more normally accepted as a significant loss. Too many times in the past it was marginalized as something small but the reality is pets are family and a loss of a pet is a painful loss.
The article, “Why it’s time to normalise grieving the loss of a pet” by Evalyn Lewin looks at why it is time to no longer disenfranchise pet loss. She states,
“If your loved one is grieving the loss of their pet, Magri recommends acknowledging their pain and validating their feelings. If you’re the one struggling after the loss of a pet, reach out to people in similar situations by joining Facebook pages dedicated to pet loss, or by attending support groups or counselling. And if you’re worried about your mental health, talk to your GP.”
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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Support.