Animal Companion Death
The death of an animal companion can be one of the first losses we experience. Pets are constant companions for years at a time, and for adults on the spectrum the bond with an animal can be especially close. Animal companions listen without judgment, are loyal, and provide a constant presence. Some animals also serve as service animals, trained to assist, reassure, or comfort.
The absence of a beloved animal due to death, or even when a pet is missing, can cause intense grief reactions for an autistic adult. Visit Grief and Autism to learn more about grief reactions.