PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: Losing a Pet During the Pandemic

Sports couple Hope Solo and her husband Jerramy Stevens recently talked about the loss of their dog, Conan, after he was tragically shot. Solo posted about it on social media, saying, “We’re broken-hearted to share that Conan passed away from blood loss last night. He fought up until the very end. We’re crushed. Just a dog running through the woods, trying to make his way home.” In the same way people wonder whether it’s alright to find things funny during these incredibly difficult times, many wonder whther they can mourn the death of a beloved pet without feeling guilty. Is it OK to grieve for an animal when so many people are suffering?

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