Our pets, regardless of species, often become very near and dear to us with their unconditional love and soulful eyes. The death of that pet can be devastating to the owner, yet not fully understood by other's who have never experienced a similar loss. Wendy helps us understand disenfranchised grief and also speaks about how children respond to the loss of a pet, which is usually their very first experience with death and grief.
Wendy Andrew is founder and owner of The Scottish Pet Bereavement Counselling Service in Glasgow, Scotland, and the author of How To Recover from Pet Loss: Supporting You on Your Journey to Acceptance. Our discussion covers how disenfranchised grief can be hurtful to someone grieving the loss of a pet and then moves on to children, with suggestions on helping your child deal with this experience.
Music by Kevin MacLeod