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“It’s okay to grieve” – How to cope with the loss of a pet on ‘National Love your Pet Day’

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Tuesday is 'National Love your Pet Day' – A day dedicated to showing extra affection to those furry companions. But it may be difficult for those whose pets have passed on.

Studies show over one-third of American homes have more than one pet. The loss can be devastating for most pet parents, no matter how many live at home.

Some people may not understand how much your pet truly means to you, which can leave questions as to why such loss is a big deal.

If you view your pet as a family member, it's okay to feel distraught and take time to heal.

Dog mom and CEO Erika Sinner says, "I really believe a way to cope is to acknowledge that the feelings are real, that to know there's nothing wrong with you. It is a real loss. There's real love there. So I would say talk about them, remember them, know that it's okay to grieve. And I'm championing bereavement at work. I think to take a day off work I think have some time to grieve in space for yourself."

Some things Sinner says to consider before adding another pet to the family is to not expect the new companion to be a form of replacement and to make sure you're emotionally ready to accept new love into your life.

Sinner has written a book about her experience after one of her dogs passed away. To find the book and more resources to help cope CLICK HERE.

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