Thirty years ago, when I was a young therapist, a wise woman told me that we inevitably pay for our love with grief—”inevitably,” because all relationships end. She also promised that love proves to be worth its cost every time. On today’s show, Nancy Saxton-Lopez, my friend and coauthor of our book The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups, joins me for a conversation on pet loss and healing. We’ll talk about why losing a beloved animal friend can hurt more than losing a human family member, how to deal with those who don’t understand the depth of your grief, and, perhaps most important of all, how to care for yourself during this fragile time. We’ll also discuss how you can support other others, including your children, friends, and coworkers, after the loss of a beloved pet.