Coping with the loss of a pet

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen with her corgis in 1973

Reports in the media say the Queen has been left “heartbroken” by the loss of her corgi Willow, who famously appeared in a cinema with Daniel Craig’s James Bond during the course of its London Olympics’ opening ceremony.

Pets are members of the family, and it can feel like a huge loss when they pass away.

So how are you able cope if this happens, and what supporting is out there if you need a little help doing so?

Alessandra had to explain to her son Ethan, who has autism, that his support dog Cocoa had died suddenly from feeing sweets at a family friend’s house.

In images: The Queen’s corgis Give tenants a right to pets, says Labour German dachshund museum ‘a world first’ Image caption Losing Cocoa changed Ethan’s life and that of his mum Alessandra, but she found a route to help him mourn

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