Losing a loved one can be incredibly difficult, and it’s only natural that those left behind need time to grieve and process the loss.
As such, a lot of companies give bereavement days to employers who have lost family members. In the same vein, pets are often considered family by those who care for them, and slowly but surely, companies are starting to come to realize this fact.
Pet bereavement days aren’t mandatory by law, but several larger companies are allowing days off to be given to those grieving the loss of a pup or kit. Pet insurance company Trupanion is one of them. A representative of the company named Dani Kahn told CBS News, “We allow people to actually do that grieving process and just, just be able to heal. I think you need closure when you lose a pet, and it’s important to have the time to do that.”
The article published by CBS News spoke about a woman who was given a day of bereavement from her company after her pet passed away. She and her son spent the free day at home. “Being able to stay home with him and grieve with him was invaluable. It was so, so important to me,” she said.
It’s certainly a challenge to return home and find nothing where an enthusiastic greeting from your pet used to be. However, some question where the line is to be drawn. Should all pet mommies and daddies receive bereavement days, even those who care for less conventional pets like birds, reptiles, or fish? And how long should leave be given, anyway?
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