Humans aren’t the only ones who mourn the loss of a loved one.Jeremy May, president of Elements Cremation, Pre-planning & Burial in British Columbia, Canada, can attest to this. He recently met Sadie, a dog who demonstrated that truth in the most memorable way.Sadie’s best friend died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this year, after 13 years of faithful companionship.She was by his side, as she had always been, when it happened“After the paramedics came and couldn’t revive him, Sadie laid beside him and repeated put her head on and under his hand,” May told T
“After the paramedics arrived and were unable to revive him, Sadie lay beside him and repeatedly placed her head on and under his hand,” May told The Dodo.Sadie, like the man’s wife and family, was devastated.During the ten days leading up to the funeral, it became clear that the bereaved dog was unable to cope.”During that time, Sadie wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t sleep alone, and would spend the days waiting by the window and door for his return,” May explained.
Then that all changed.
The deceased’s widow brought Sadie to the funeral, and May knew she shouldn’t be treated any differently than any other family member in mourning.Sadie was warmly welcomed into the chapel to say her final goodbyes.
“The dog was as important to us as a spouse and child, so we had to let it happen,” May explained.As Sadie approached the casket, you could feel and hear the guests’ emotions in the room.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.It was an emotional and tense moment.”
It was an emotional moment, but it was also a healing one.Sadie ate two full meals after returning home that day.Her spirits were lifted.The tenderness in the above photo has also aided Sadie’s mother in coping with her loss.Unfortunately, May reports that some funeral homes still forbid bringing an animal inside to say goodbye, as Sadie did. This dog’s story, hopefully, will inspire change for other family members like her.”If anyone ever doubted our dogs’ level of understanding and emotional capacity, this experience should put that to rest,” May said.”Our pets, too, require closure.” They are bereaved and grieve.”