We bond with our pets more than ever before. That’s why the aftereffects of euthanasia can be so devastating. And when folks around a grieving pet parent just don’t get it, the pain can be even more intense.
It’s no wonder that many people become anxious or depressed after losing a pet. Some even experience physical symptoms.
For those whose friends and family don’t understand, others can fill the void. Grief counselors, support groups and support hotlines provide wellsprings of support. Still, a recent survey showed nearly 75% of people who’ve had to euthanize a pet mourn alone. And when grief doesn’t have a place to go, it can create even bigger problems.
So, if you have a friend or family member who’s lost a pet, take time to listen. Your heartfelt concern may be just what they need.