Commend Journalist’s Support for Mourning Pet Owners

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Target: Frank Shyong, writer for the Los Angeles Times

Goal: Help pet mourners recover and move forward.

Grieving pet owners can be the subject of open criticism and misunderstanding. Many people do not understand why owners are so upset over the loss of an animal, and sometimes others will recommend simply “getting over it,” or finding a replacement animal. However, as is the case for the loss of a person, the loss of a pet requires a grieving process in order for true recovery to be obtained. The purpose of this petition is to acknowledge a journalist who is educating the general public about the true difficulties that can be experienced in recovering from the loss of a pet.

Frank Shyong wrote a touching article for the Los Angeles Times that offered insight into the journey that a pet owner must face when recovering from a pet’s death. Though much different from the loss of a person, losing a pet is not easy. Pets are a great source of support, comfort, and constancy for their owners. Their death – whether it is anticipated or sudden and unexpected – takes a great emotional toll. For this reason, animal funeral services are becoming more common. These establishments provide ceremonial services for animals, such as cremation, funerals and burial. Services like these give pet owners the essential closure that they need in order to move on and move forward. It is a positive thing to see more pet funeral services being offered.

Sign the petition below to support Mr. Shyong’s work to educate the public about the process grieving pet owners go through.


Dear Mr. Shyong,

Pet mourning is a topic that is frequently misunderstood. However, you stepped in and helped to elucidate the truth about grieving for a pet. Because of your article for the Los Angeles Times, readers became more aware that pet grieving is not merely a silly phase, but a very real human process. If the general public had a better understanding of what it means to an owner when a pet dies, it would be less common for grieving pet owners to be the subject of callous jokes or insensitive remarks.

Your article was beautifully written and highly informative. The purpose of this petition is to support the subject matter of the article so we hopefully see more content like it in the future. The subject was not easy to approach, as many people might dismiss it as unimportant. However, your tone struck the perfect balance: it was sensitive, yet firm, both warm and observational.


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One Comment

  1. Kudos to you, Mr. Shyong,
    for your insight and sensitivity into the world of someone who has lost a nonhuman loved one. For many, our pets are our family. Grief for a loved one is grief, Pure and simple. Thank you.
    CPR for the animals

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