As a life long animal lover and owner, the value of a beloved pet is very clear. They are never with us long enough and having to say goodbye is gut-wrenching. For seniors who may have lost a spouse or perhaps become isolated by physical challenges, a pet can become the reason to get up in the morning and give a sense of purpose to the rest of the day. Losing that pet is devastating and requires special understanding for those who care for the senior. This article provides some good direction and advice for helping a senior cope through this most difficult time.