Our expert says:
Loss is always painful, or there was no love at all in the first place. It is a pain we can surmount as we work through the grief. The grief is of course very significant in the loss of a much loved pet, and that is natural and to be respected. Its worse in some ways when it comes to having a loved companion "put down" as even if it is decided to be in the pet's best interests, as it adds a measure of deciding on their fate, and being a pat of the loss.
As with any other form of grief, there is no simple solution or easy comfort. Remind yourself how important i is to be kind to the animals and think of saving them from further pain. A replacement pet is not practical in the situation you describe, though maybe later she might think of a cage-bird, perhaps ? Counselling helps, and simply sharing the grief together, talking, when you feel like it, of the pet you miss, and remembering them fondly. Are there other options form your mom to occupy herself usefully, maybe with voluntary work of some kind, helping others ?
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