Dealing with Grief

Pets are part of the family, so when they leave us, it may hurt. A lot. Grab some tips on how to best work through your pet-related grief and come out on the other side smiling about the bond you once shared.

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What You Go Through—and What You Can Do—When Grieving the Loss of a Pet

Don’t shy away from the feelings that come with the death of a pet, our expert says.