Scientifically proven: Losing a Pet Can Be Just as Hard as Losing a Loved One

The pain of losing a pet is the same kind of pain as using a human loved one. But, the pain experienced is followed by a lack of understanding and social support when someone loses a pet. 

Some people cannot relate to the fact of the real pain that others experience. Now it is scientifically proven that saying goodbye to a pet can be as painful as losing a human being.

Only pet lovers and those who have experienced the loss of their pets know what actual pain is, but others who don’t understand this needs to read the scientific study about all this.

The link between humans and dogs is called a ‘safe base effect,’ according to the new study.

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Besides, this effect is found in a parent-child bond. It is explained when human beings use their caregivers for better safety at the point of interacting with the environment.

But for pets, they make their parents feel safe due to affection, trust, and comfort. They’re trying their best for their loved ones.

The loss of a pet can cause depression, although, for some people, this may not be understood as they think it is not the same as losing a human being.

After all this, the hardest part is that, if you lose a pet that is not less than your family member, you cannot share that pain publicly, so you feel ashamed to show sorrow due to lack of public social support.

However, there are some tips to help deal with the loss of a pet. These tips include the points explained below:

One ritual: organize a funeral for your pet’s life, allowing you to express your feelings easily.

Affliction in your way: Don’t give anyone a chance to tell you how to feel or what to do. Whatever you think; sad, angry or wanting to cry, it’s okay to experience all those emotions as you want.

Seek support: Try to find people who have already experienced what’s going on. They can give you the support you need.


Messam, LLM & Hart, LA. (2019). Persons Experiencing Prolonged Grief After the Loss of a Pet. In Clinician’s Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues, 267-280.

Quackenbush, J. E., & Glickman, L. (1984). Helping people adjust to the death of a pet. Health
and Social Work, 9, 42–48.

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Written by Martin Schwartz

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