The loss of a devoted pet is a devastating event for a family to go through. Many books have been written on the subject of how to deal with this grief, but it is an individual thing. Each person deals with this type of loss in their own way.
Here is the interesting and unique story of how one family has dealt with this issue.
When David and Joan Winters (names have been changed) got married 45 years ago, they acquired a female black miniature poodle named Midnight, who they cherished.
Ten years later Midnight passed away. The very next day, the Winters acquired another poodle which was identical to her in every way. They named her Midnight also.
Many of their friends and relatives did not even realize that the old Midnight was gone and a new Midnight was in her place. Maybe some of them did realize it, but never mentioned it.
About eight years later, the second Midnight died, and again a new identical poodle was acquired and also named Midnight. This time friends and relatives did notice, but still it was not a topic of conversation in the Winter’s home.
Now it is 45 years later, and the Winters still have a black miniature poodle named Midnight, their fifth Midnight. By now everyone has realized that there were several Midnights.
In their own way the Winters have solved the issue of grief over the loss of a pet. Just get a new one exactly the same as the old one and the pet lives on forever. After a while the memories of the five dogs merged together as memories of one dog named Midnight.
This is, however, not common among pet owners. It is not the purpose of this article to judge whether this practice is right or wrong, or whether this should be considered actual grieving or merely the denial of grief.
Each pet owner must decide for themselves what is the best way to grieve for their loss, but most consider their pet to be an individual with their own personality traits and deal with their loss in a more traditional way.
We can all learn something from this story. This is, however, not to give an impression that these are just dogs and you can replace them by the same dog of the same breed anytime. This story reflects how we can all manage to get relief from a certain loss. Pets are like humans that leave us all good memories to live on.