I really just want to thank you for this site.. stages of grief and for your perceptive comments about the difference between pet loss and human loss. It is so hard to grieve for a pet because no one really can handle the depth of feeling and pain we feel. They want it to be over and for you to move on.
Thank you for letting me know that others experience the same particular kind of suffering that losing a pet involves and that indeed grief, though painful, is valid and doesn't show an unnatural attachment to an animal but indeed a deeply loving heart for all animals.
Thank you for encouraging me to look ahead to a time when I can again have a pet and not fear loving it because someday I will lose it. I've learned to let go in this process and to know that although I wish the friendship could have lasted forever, for many reasons we have to know it won't and to be grateful for what we have had.