The loss of a beloved pet can hurt almost as much as the loss of a friend or family member, mostly because that’s exact what our pets are to us.
Most of us form lasting bonds with our pets and see them as more than just a dog or cat, but instead as a member of the family. They steal our hearts and then in the blink of an eye, they’re gone. After losing a pet, it’s natural to feel intense moments of grief and depression, and it’s not unusual for such a traumatic loss to trigger other emotions and long-forgotten memories.
For 18-year-old Gabriella, the loss of her dog, Jax, left a giant hole in her heart, but it’s what her younger sister did for her this past holiday season that gave the young woman a reason shed some tears (only this time, they were the happy kind).