Movies that show grieving animals always tug at our heartstrings because we know that stories can be rather close to reality — sometimes, too close to reality. For instance, the movie about Hachikõ the dog who kept coming back to the train station to wait for a human companion who never came back, was based on a true story.
Most, if not all, of us have seen companion animals grieving a loss in real life. There were those who stayed
at their human companions’ graves after funerals, those who kept coming back to where they once lived with their humans, those who wouldn’t leave their deceased human’s side, and those who whimpered and cried after hearing a deceased person’s voice.
Losing a loved one could lead to depression and — if not dealt with properly — death, which is why professional help is needed to help an animal deal with grief.