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Seven Ways to Help a Friend Who's Lost a Pet

by Peggy Haymes

© 2012 by Peggy Haymes

1. Acknowledge the loss

A counseling professor (who should have known better) once said to me, "My friend's dog died. I missed being greeted by the dog when I came to the door but I didn't say anything. I didn't want to make her feel bad." It's almost as if we think the person will forget about the loss if we don't mention it.

But of course, they don't. If we mention it and they start crying, they aren't crying because we brought it up. They are crying because it's what we do when we are grieving.

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