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Is it normal to grieve over a dead pet?

The death of a pet can trigger many emotions. Depending on how attached you were to your pet, you may feel sadness, grief, loneliness, or possibly relief that a very ill animal is no longer suffering. Yet in this case the survivor—you—may not get as much sympathy and support as you need. Many people don't realize how strong such a bond can be. Others can't fathom it and may even belittle your feelings. Yet you lost a caring, close companion and all the pleasurable routines you shared. It is normal to experience feelings of grief, possibly quite intensely and for a long time.

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