Why Is It Hard To Get Over
A Pet’s Death, And How Do You?
For many people, the death of a pet is akin to losing a relative or friend.
The grief cuts deeply, and for a variety of reasons. The pet becomes a big part of the family as we care for them, play with them, feed them, and love them.
“When we lose a pet, we lose a relationship unlike any other,” says Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com), a family therapist and author of The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice From Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups.
“Many of us love our pets the way we love our children. We provide for their every need. But in the immediate aftermath of this unique loss, too, often family members and friends will tell us, basically, to get over it.
“Instead of devaluing your grief over the loss of this important relationship as others advise, hold dear to that sorrow that follows the loss of your pet. This grief is important, for it will lead you to healing and teach you important things about what matters most in life.”
Dolan-Del Vecchio can discuss for your listeners different ways to cope with the grief of losing a pet.
About Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio
Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com) is an author, health and wellness executive, human resources leader, organizational consultant and family therapist with 30 years’ experience in the arena of personal, organizational and community empowerment. His most recent book is Simple Habits of Exceptional (But Not Perfect) Parents. In 2017, he retired from his role as Vice President, Health and Wellness, at Prudential Financial and founded GreenGate Leadership, the firm for which he now provides speaking events, coaching and consultation for organizational leaders. Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Cornell University and his master's degree in social work at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His books cover the subjects of leadership, parenting, dealing with loss and couple relationships.