By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Anyone who’s ever loved a pet like a member of the family knows that the grief when that dog, cat or other furry friend dies can be devastating.
But too often, finding others who truly understand and support that sense of loss can be challenging.
They also see value in helping others whose animal friend has died.
Together, they’ve written a paper on the issue, published Nov. 25 in Human-Animal Interactions.
Rolland is a pet loss grief specialist for the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) and has a small private practice in Ontario, Canada. She said her own loss of a beloved Golden Retriever left her “in a puddle on the floor.”
It also motivated her to help others through their grief, which is how she came to be the president of APLB about three years ago.
“I would love for the human-animal bond and the love that people feel for their animals to become more accepted by society as a whole,” Rolland said about her hopes for this paper.
“For that segment of the population that just don’t ‘get it,’ I would love for them to nod their head and go, ‘OK. It is a big deal for those people.’ And accept it and take away the stigma that is attached to pet loss and the grief that somebody feels over the death of their pet,” she explained. (continued)