Children who experience the death of a pet may experience long-lasting and profound grief, which could lead to subsequent mental health problems. Researchers found strong emotional attachment to a pet may result in measurable psychological distress that serves as an indicator of depression in children and adolescents for three years or more after their animal dies.
More than 80% of patients nearing the end of life reported experiencing dreams that were vivid, meaningful, and transformative. Patients reported the dreams made them feel supported, reassured and helped them to accept their impending death.
People who suffer from sleep disruptions are at greater risk of developing complicated grief following the loss of a loved one.
Family members of people with dementia are more likely to experience severe pre-loss grief than family members of those with cancer.
PTSD in trauma survivors is associated with an increased risk of complicated grief following the death of loved ones. Complicated grief is marked with symptoms of grief lingering and worsening over time, rather than fading.
Studying 50 species of primates, researchers found 80% of the species studied performed corpse carrying behaviors as a way to process grief. Following the loss of an infant, some primate mothers carried the body for up to four months following death.
For up to 7 years following the death of a grandmother, adolescent males show a 50% increase in depression symptoms than their non-grieving peers. Mothers of girls were also at increased risk of depression.
After the loss of a pet, many people report experiencing disenfranchised grief that can not be resolved and may turn into complicated grief. Validating a person's sense of grief with empathy and understanding can help resolve the pain of loss following the death of a pet.