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Grief over loss of a pet is often deep, misunderstood

The death of a pet can cause not only extreme grief but also feelings of guilt, and those feelings are often misunderstood by other people, says Sarina Manifold, a certified grief recovery specialist who leads a support group at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarians also grieve when their own pets or patients die, and veterinarian Leigh Whitmire says books, support groups and acts such as reading love letters to dying pets can help ease grief.

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