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A Pet's Passing
As they prepare to exit the White House, the Bush family will be without one key member: their 18 year-old cat, India. The black American shorthair died on Sunday.
And while people that don’t own or particularly care for animals won’t understand it, for many people pets are a part of the family. After all, who expresses unconditional love like a pet? Sure, it's obviously not the same as losing a person, but it's still a loss that needs to be properly grieved (and acknowledged by others). When my girlfriend’s dog died a few years ago, I was able to find a pet-specific condolence card at the store (proof to me that people take the loss seriously). Another friend who lost his pet in a freak accident was so depressed that he cancelled all of his social engagements in order to deal with his grief.
As for me, I am so saddened by the loss of any pet that I can't even bring myself to read or watch Marley & Me (SPOILER ALERT: the dog dies in the end).
Have you experienced the loss of a pet? Share your stories below. –Linda DiProperzio