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Nursing2015

December 2004, Volume 34 Number 12 , p 10 - 10 [FREE]

Author

  • DEIRDRA MARSH RN

Abstract

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(12)             December 2004             p 10 Grieving for pets [LETTERS]

MARSH, DEIRDRA RN

Edison, N.J.

[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

Edison, N.J.

The comments appearing in this column are excerpted from readers' correspondence. Send your letter, complete mailing address, ...

 

[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

 

Edison, N.J.

 

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 nursing@lww.com. Please include your e-mail address and daytime telephone number.

[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

Edison, N.J.

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 nursing@lww.com. Please include your e-mail address and daytime telephone number.