By Beeh - 24/12/2009 05:31 - United States
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i'm sorry for you. but seriously, if your friend had the cat since he was a small kid it will seriously have a deep impact on him too. any death is still a loss. of course losing a sibling is worse but if your friend is an only child/very attached to the cat it will be almost the same to him/her.
My one neighbour said the exact same thing to my other neighbour when her husband died. It is hurtful to put the same value on a pet as a human life. Perhaps the cat owner has never lost anyone close so just thinks it would feel the same. In my neighbour's case, the (cat) one is a bit of a moron.
I agree. When my beloved dog died a few years ago, one of my great uncles was saying it was ridiculous how upset our family was when we lost her. I was like, ya know what? She was in our lives every day, and was a huge part of our lives and we loved her. We see you like maybe twice a year, so I'm pretty sure if there was a choice to be made between the two of you of who we'd rather be without.....
Pets are very valuable, I was very upset when I lost my dog who was part of the family before I was born, I personally don't put the same value on my dog that I put on my grandmother when she passed. I don't think equating a cats death to that of a brother/sister, husband/wife or father/mother is right. I am sure it is hurtful for the OP to have a cat compared to his brother. I just think they are different types of love and different types of hurt and are not comparable. But that is just my opinion.
look, i agree, deaths impacts are felt differently, and thus we perceive the amount of grief we feel to be the worth of their life, i know i would be sadder to see my mom die than i was to see my dog die, but in the end, one life is put on this earth, and one life shall later depart it. Each life was enormously valuable, yet most life goes widely unnoticed.
@13 Yeah, sure, life is life and death is death. Would you be sobbing if your close friend's big sister died in a car accident? Why not? Life is life. What about if your close friend's sister's dog was in the car? Would you be bawling your eyes out? What if it was your close friend? That's when you'd be crying.