Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pets' Love Helps Heal Human Pain

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pets' Love Helps Heal Human Pain

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LIFE SUPPORT

Shirley Cornish

THERE are many theories that suggest pets increase people's wellbeing on all levels a physically, emotionally and mentally.

Families with pets are likely to relate better when life is tough.

One such instance was when a woman's son died tragically and she felt she would surely go mad from the relentless emotional pain.

None of her friends or family had experienced such a loss and, in trying to comfort her, often said or did things unintentionally that magnified her pain.

Because we care, humans want to fix things but what the mum really wanted and needed was time to heal and someone to hug and hold her and care for her without expectation.

She later contributed part of her emotional recovery to the love she received from the family pet: a cat called Tia. She said that whenever she was sobbing in agony and terror Tia would leap up into her arms, nuzzle into her neck and meow, wail-like, with her. …

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