[black small square] Your patient-education guide on grieving ("Coping with Grief," September 2004) should have mentioned the death of a pet. Such a loss isn't as trivial as some may think. A pet may be an elderly person's only companion; after it dies, he may feel completely alone. Children may not understand the pet's death. People who've made the agonizing decision to euthanize a pet may have second thoughts. Reading books about losing pets or talking with supportive friends may help a patient cope with the loss.
-DEIRDRA MARSH, RN
The comments appearing in this column are excerpted from readers' correspondence. Send your letter, complete mailing address, and credentials to: Letters Editor, Nursing2004, 323 Norristown Rd., Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002, or e-mail to email@example.com. Please include your e-mail address and daytime telephone number.