How much does it hurt?
To find out the extent to which pet owners were hurt when they lost a pet, researchers decided to
conduct an experiment/study. The study was carried out via the Department of Psychology at the
University of New Mexico.
Here, researchers questioned pet owners about their feelings after the loss of their pet. The
overwhelming general consensus was that pet owners experienced a great deal of emotional pain
after the loss of a beloved pet.
Other research completed on this topic garnered some rather interesting results. A group of
Hawaiian researchers found that the pain felt after the death of a pet lasted longer than the pain felt
after the loss of a loved one.
It’s universally agreed by many people that they simply cannot compare the pain that they
experience after the loss of their pet to the one after the loss of a loved one. Both cause an
incredible amount of emotional pain and sorrow, but there is a special kind of
connection between pet owners and their pets. So much so, that many have referred to the
connection between their pet(s) and themselves as ‘soulmate’ type connection.