We’ve all experienced the loss of a loved one, be it a family pet or mother, father, grandparent, etc.
I think the interesting piece here is the mention that while grieving for loss of family of friends is widely seen as socially acceptable, grieving for the loss of a pet is not nearly as accepted, or understood.
This absolutely rings true, as no one bats an eye when they observe someone grieving over the loss of a family member or friend (human). But a common response to observing someone who lost a family pet is “Well…you can always get another.” Yeah, it really doesn’t work that way, and you should be ashamed for even saying it.
An interesting article, and well worth the couple of minutes to read and digest the information.
(Source : Popular Science – A pet’s death can hurt more than losing a fellow human)