Pet bereavement days being offered by some companies

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Some companies are starting to get on board with bereavement days for employees who lose a pet.

These pet bereavement days are not required by law, but some companies are allowing their employees some time off to grieve. VM Ware, Maxwell Health, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, and pet insurance firm Trupanion all offer pet bereavement days, according to Consumer Affairs. 

"We allow people to actually do that grieving process and just be able to heal," said Dani Kahn, coordinator at Trupanion, Consumer Affairs reported. “I think you need closure when you lose a pet, and it’s important to have the time to do that.”

The number of days offered by these companies varies, according to the report, but according to certified social worker and pet loss counselor, Janet Zimmerman, it's important to take the time to acknowledge the loss.  She says when a pet dies "it's normal to feel intense grief."

"You need to protect yourself and give yourself time to grieve," she says.

The number of days offered by these companies varies, according to the report, but according to certified social worker and pet loss counselor, Janet Zimmerman, it's important to take the time to acknowledge the loss.