Pet Loss and Human Emotion:
Guiding Clients Through Grief

Cheri Barton Ross, Jane Baron Sorenson


Pet loss is a unique form of grief that can be quite intense and debilitating, increasing an individual�s 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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