Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows that they are so much more than just a pet, they are a part of your family.
And that’s why it’s so hard when they pass away. Whether they lived a long, healthy life, or left us way too soon, the pain of the loss is something that is almost unbearable.
But there are people out there who tell us to “get over it” because “it’s just a dog.” Those words are so hurtful because to us they were so much more.
Well, while there is nothing that I can say to make your loss any less painful, at least we now have research to back up the fact that the mourning process is very much real. Not only that, but it’s actually been found that it may be harder to get over the death of a pet than it is to get over the loss of a human.
I know that might sound crazy, but here are the claims the study makes.
The thing is, we bond with our pets in the same way we bond with other people. The same hormones and chemicals are released in our brains that make us feel loved and connected, and after spending years together they are no different than the rest of your family.
But why would that make it harder to get over? Well, there’s no acceptable way to mourn the loss of a pet.
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