How Animals Can Teach Us To Grieve Well

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Grieving is a natural part of life. Losing our loved ones is inevitable, and very sad. It is okay and even healthy to allow yourself a period of time to grieve. Various kinds of animals experience grief as well and they even have their own ways of going about it that we humans can learn from. Below are some ways how animals can teach us to grieve well.

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Grieving is a natural part of life. Losing our loved ones is inevitable, and very sad. It is okay and even healthy to allow yourself a period of time to grieve. Various kinds of animals experience grief as well and they even have their own ways of going about it that we humans can learn from. Below are some ways how animals can teach us to grieve well.

Stick Together

Sometimes when people are sad, we like to isolate ourselves. A certain amount of solitude is healthy. But sticking together with friends and family during times of grief is healing. We can learn from the elephants.

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Physical contact

Embrace others often. “Physical contact amongst apes has been shown to provide reassurance in times of stress and grief,” by David Alderton

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Cry

In the book How Animals Grieve, Barbara King describes a story about two Siamese cats. One of them passed away after being together 14 years. The one that survived went around the house “crying” for many months.

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Sleep

Grieving takes a physical toll on your body. Make sure to sleep often.

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After an appropriate period of mourning be sure to do the things that you enjoyed doing together before. You will always miss your loved one, but they would want you to enjoy the gift of life and doing things you liked together will help keep them with you.

 

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