Pet Loss and Human Emotion:
Guiding Clients Through Grief

Cheri Barton Ross, Jane Baron Sorenson

Synopsis

Pet loss is a unique form of grief that can be quite intense and debilitating, increasing an individualís vulnerability to subsequent stress and leaving them feeling isolated and misunderstood. Although society accepts that grieving over the death of a loved one is not only normal, but healthy and necessary, grieving over the loss of a pet is often seen as something childish. Expressed feelings often go unvalidated, leaving the bereaved embarrassed and ashamed



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