Saying goodbye to your dog is brutal. However, one study believes that it is much harder than farewelling a relative. Seems legit.
Frank T. McAndrew
Frank McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College and an elected Fellow of several professional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science (APS). He is an evolutionary social psychologist whose research is guided by the simple desire to make sense of everyday life, and he is currently studying gossip, aggression, and creepiness.