There are few life events that can be more traumatic than the death of a pet, even if you thought you had time to sufficiently prepare yourself for the loss. That is why an increasing number of companies have started to offer bereavement days for employees who have recently lost a four-legged companion.
According to CBS Miami, although pet bereavement days are not required by any state or federal laws, companies like Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Maxwell Heath and Trupanion have started to give that option to their workers. Kimpton, for example, allows an absence of up to three days, while pet insurance company Trupanion allows its staff to take one day off to mourn.
“We allow people to actually do that grieving process and just, just be able to heal,” Dani Kahn of Trupanion told CBS Miami. “I think you need closure when you lose a pet, and it’s important to have the time to do that.”
Pet bereavement counselors have encouraged this decision, suggesting that both the employee and the business will benefit from it.
“It’s really very, very difficult to function, and if you can’t function, you certainly can’t function at work, and you’re really not the person you were before,” Janet Zimmerman told the news station. “You need the time to get back to some sense of normality.”
When someone experiences the loss of a pet, it isn’t uncommon for them to experience all five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — which will take longer than a few hours. If being allowed to take a day off from work to begin the grieving process without any additional office-related stress (including the fear of being absent), then we’re all for it. Kudos to the companies who already understand this.