|Joanie Simpson's Yorkshire terrier, Meha. (Cr:Joanie Simpson)|
Since I wrote my book "Pets and the Afterlife" in 2013 and the follow up "Pets and the Afterlife 2" I've been receiving a lot of emails and messages from people who lost their pets. I'm happy to try and provide a message or two from their pets to provide some comfort and a recent study shows the importance of those messages.
Losing a pet is like losing a child. Yes, they're different from human children, but we're 100% responsible for them. It can be devastating. An earlier study showed that we often grieve MORE for our pets than people who passed. - Rob
Woman Suffers Heart Problems After Dog Dies
Article from the Washington Post Oct. 19, 2017(Houston, TX) -- Doctors say she almost died of a broken heart. Joanie Simpson was airlifted to a Houston, Texas hospital earlier this year with what seemed to be a heart attack. In fact, it was a syndrome that looks a lot like a heart attack, usually triggered by the emotions that flood in with the loss of a loved one. In this case, it was Simpson's Yorkshire terrier.
The case was detailed last week in the "New England Journal of Medicine" as a clear case of what's sometimes called "broken heart syndrome."
A recent study found that people who care for ill pets suffer real physical effects from the burden, including stress and anxiety.
To learn signs from your pets in the afterlife, read Rob Gutro's books "Pets and the Afterlife" and the follow up "Pets and the Afterlife 2" in paperback and E-book on Amazon.com.