(The term companion animal, in this context, is inclusive to fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians or insects).
Grief is the natural and inevitable response to loss. It can affect every part of our life, including our thoughts, behaviours, beliefs, feelings, physical health and our relationships with others. When a companion animal dies or is relinquished, the bereavement experience may not be any different to what we experience following the death of a human being.
The grief experienced following the loss of a companion animal is real. For some people, a companion animal may be their most central and vital relationship. Pets are especially valued at times of crisis, loss or adversity. They provide social and emotional support, love and a feeling of security.
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