Scientists say that a pet’s death is a serious matter that can result in a significant emotional distress, and it’s important that pet owner’s grief is processed properly.
It’s emotionally devastating to lose a pet, no matter what kind it is. Because humans form a special and unbreakable bond with their dogs, cats, fish or lizards, their deaths can be too unbearable and could hurt more than human loss.
“I cried for days. I couldn’t get any work done. And worst of all, I was too embarrassed about it to tell anyone, even my old soccer teammates who loved Delia. I spent days at work crying in private and muttering “allergies” whenever someone glanced at my puffy eyes.”
A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine looked into the case of a 61-year-old woman who was sent to the emergency room after the death of her dog, a Yorkshire terrier. She complained of severe chest pains and was given medications to alleviate her condition.
Although the woman recovered, doctors diagnosed that she suffered from takotsubo cardiomyopathy, with a pain similar to a heart attack. The condition is also known as a broken-heart syndrome; she really had her heart broken after her dog died.
The Value Of Social Support After A Pet’s Death
Grief over a pet’s death is real but then society normally doesn’t see it this way. Sometimes, those who are grieving might hear words or sense behaviors that only make the heartache worst. To be told, “It’s just a dog,” could feel like an insult. When a person is shamed or isolated into feeling devastated because of a pet’s death, then the lack…