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especially hard death of the pet. The more animals give pleasures to owners, the grief is deeper from their death. As elderly people react to loss of the favourite and how to help them to endure this tragedy?
Reaction of grief can be expressed differently. Often elderly people already transferred set of other losses, for example, death of spouses, relatives, neighbors or old friends. Often elderly people have chronic diseases which limit their movement, and, therefore, communication and life in general. All it leads to loneliness and isolation.
It turns out, for many elderly people animals – sometimes only interlocutors, it is possible to care for them and in exchange constantly to get unconditional love. That is favourites become family and the best friends. And loss of the pet means loss of the whole world and also feeling that you are necessary to someone. In that case grief from loss of an animal can be intolerable.
It is important to find people who can give support and show sympathy in this really heavy time. It will help the elderly person to recover from irreplaceable loss.
Author of a research: Betty J. Carmack, R.N., Ed.D.; Professor, School of medicine, university of San Francisco