How pets can help children cope with tough times
Shortly after my father's sudden death last week, I found my young daughter solemnly telling our family cat the awful news.
She hadn't said much when I'd told her about her granddad and so I was relieved to hear her talking to the cat. I knew she was finding comfort and solace in sharing the sad news with her furry friend. It reminded me of all those years ago, when my grandfather died and I had taken my cat to my bedroom for a cry. For some reason, I felt the cat understood and empathised.
It seems I am not completely delusional to think that animals can be true friends in times of sorrow.