There was a time when pet owners got little support after their pet’s death. It was highly unlikely that a pet owner received expressions of sympathy, but social media has changed that.
Many of us communicate the ups and downs of our lives through social media so it makes sense that our friends share their sad news. We grieve with our friends and show support for a loved one’s death and now our friends seek and find an outpouring of support following a pet’s death.
Postings of pet loss are often personal narratives that include photographs. Friends may share the story of their beloved pet with cherished highlights and it’s hard not to be touched. One friend recently posted an endearing photo and wrote:
“One bright June morning we brought 12-week old Buttons home. A few days later we took her on a walk at the beach and watched the waves curl in. That was 12 years ago. During those years this fun, fluffy, good-natured little girl brought us so much joy. Last night we had to say good-bye and we are so sad.”
The responses to this post were heartwarming:
- I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to a beloved pet. XOXO
- We will miss you, Buttons!
- So sorry to hear this. They're only with us a short time, but they leave behind a lifetime of memories.
- I feel your pain. So sorry!
- So sorry. Hugs and doggie kisses.
- It's hard to lose the furry ones ... I'm sorry for your loss!
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