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Sid Korpi authored "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss" and speak to pet loss support groups on the topic. She is also an animal chaplain, helping people cope with the tragedy of losing a precious companion animal.
Who thinks you're the most wonderful, irreplaceable being in existence (even when you're cranky, have bed head, have put on some pounds, etc.)? Who forgives you virtually anything, never holds a grudge, and loves you unconditionally? Who among your best friends will you likely have to make the unthinkable, heartbreaking decision of when they must die when ill-health/pain dominates their life? The answer to all of the above is our animal companions. With them we share an intense emotional bond. So why is it that, when grieving their passing, many of us still feel we must suffer in silence or be labeled somehow defective?
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