Study finds one-third of pet owners compare the passing of a pet to the passing of a close family member
For many pet owners, their pet is a best friend or even sometimes a family member. While they try to instill the best pet care imaginable, animal owners know that death is inevitable. Because people become so attached to their pet, losing their furry friend can be unimaginably devastating.
A recent study conducted by More Than found that one-third of pet owners believe that the death of their pet is comparable to the death of a parent, sibling or spouse, according to the Daily Mail. More than 1,300 dog and cat owners were interviewed in the study, and more than half believe that a pet’s death is equivalent to that of a close family member.
Approximately 53 percent of respondents also ventured to say that once a pet dies, their grief "never goes away."
According to USA Today, pet owners are also going above and beyond when it comes to funeral arrangements. Some animal lovers go as far as having a goodbye ceremony complete with $500 casket and headstones that could cost up to $3,000.
"Even in this economy, some people want to go the extra mile to commemorate their pet, and we do whatever helps them," Chris Stoessner, a licensed funeral director, told the news provider.