How do I comfort a friend who just saw a dog get hit by a car and die?
December 4, 2013 11:49 AM Subscribe
One of my best friends had the unfortunate luck of having a front row seat to the violent death of a dog last night. She is inconsolable. Is there any way to help her process the experience?
posted by amycup to Pets & Animals (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This friend of mine is a dog owner and lover and is understandably taking the experience very hard. Hell, any human with a heart would be upset. As I understand it, the dog (a beautiful great dane) was off leash on a major street and, in an attempt to grab the dog, the owner spooked it. It jumped right right into traffic and got hit by an SUV and died shortly after. She was in the next car. Oddly, everyone on the scene was horrified except for the owners. Apparently they did not seem to be particularly bothered. Granted, people react to trauma in different ways so I try to account for that, but my friend is a rational woman and I do not believe she would misrepresent that. The bizarre experience of the owner's apathy/indifference seems to be the major factor that she is struggling to reconcile.
Any ideas regarding how to help her work through her emotions? Maybe some way she could channel her feelings into volunteering? Suggestions appreciated! She's heartbroken and I'd like to help in whatever limited way I can.