Pet Loss and the Elderly: How to Help Seniors Overcome the Death of a Pet
Elderly people tend to become very attached to their pets. In some cases, this has to do with the fact that they have had the pet for a number of years; in others, it is about the fact that the pet has become a companion in their life. Therefore, when the death of a pet occurs, it can be as devastating to anyone — but particularly an elderly person — as a human loss. After all, the pet served as a friend, protector and sometimes, a guide.
Helping seniors overcome such a loss usually starts with the proper method of pet memorial. Once someone has gotten so attached to their pet, they cannot just bury their friend and move on. Older people usually want to mark the occasion with a pet memorial of some sort.