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[Dealing with a service animal's death can be particularly difficult for people with disabilities.  Service animals perform many valuable functions for their owners, as well as providing companionship.  The grieving process may not be complete until after a new service animal is acquired, thus making it more difficult to bond with the new animal.

Animal companionship can improve health and provide a sense of order and routine for older people. Senior citizens who live alone and who have lost many friends and family can be especially saddened by the loss of their companion animals.


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