I was thinking about this today, and wanted to make a further comment about the difference between grief and loss. We can't know for sure, but it seems to me that the loss an animal feels over losing someone they felt close to may cut deeper and hurt more than what we experience as grief. We have the ability to explain things to ourselves, to think to the future, knowing that "time heals all wounds," and to kind of mentally sort things out. And if an animal doesn't have those abilities (and I don't think they do), then it seems to me that their feelings of pure loss may be more traumatic because of it.

Just a thought...

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