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Why is dealing with the death of a pet so challenging?

There is no doubt that the death of a pet can be a devastating loss for the pet's family. At the same time, the grieving process can be particularly hard because others may not sympathize or understand the owner's sense of loss because, after all, it is "just a pet."

For those losing a pet, however, experts advise the bereaved to work through their grief in much the same way as those who have experienced a more socially "acceptable" loss.

Some psychologists even recommend a memorial service be held to help the bereaved find closure and make peace.

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