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Most often, continued grief is caused by loneliness, which is a common occurrence when you lose your spouse.
We've been used to living with and caring for someone, now that part of our life is over. Doesn't need to be: a pet can be a great companion and comfort when living alone. Just be sure you are getting the right pet for yourself. A large dog is not appropriate for apartment living, for you or the dog. If living in your own home, but don't have a fenced yard, you would be better off with a cat rather than a dog. If you have breathing problems, don't consider birds for a pet, they are often considered a cause of this problem.