So, yesterday I wrote about how helpful, physical and mentally (but also emotionally and spiritually) a pet can help an elder. I have witnessed actual events where this is absolutely true!
That is why losing a pet is so gosh darn devastating! Many elders vow when they lose their furry best friend to never enter into that type of scenario again because it is just so tough to handle. But if they only looked at the glass-half-full side of things, they could visualize their lives with unrequited love; love unbounding. At least that is what I see.
But, sometimes the loss is just too much for elders to take. I can understand because if they have already lost a life partner (and perhaps have lost other close family members – maybe even a child) and their human friends are leaving them, too, then losing a furry best friend over and over again could be surely devastating to the point of increasing their depression to dangerous levels.
This scenario will also be a personal one – just like that of losing a child. Each person has and will experience this loss on a one-by-one basis. As their caregiver, your best bet is to sit by and listen and to show your client(s) in the best way for them that With Age Comes Respect.