Although we wish life was one giant party and a kaleidoscope of wonderful emotions where nothing bad ever happens, that sadly isn't the case. As hackneyed as it sounds, life has its ups and downs. And sometimes the downs get really bad, and we find ourselves struggling with severe grief.
The death of someone near and dear to our hearts is a universally horrible phenomenon for all living creatures. I remember when one of our family's dogs died, his older brother dug a hole, stayed in it for three days, and cried to himself the entire time. He wouldn't eat — just grunt occasionally. I'll never forget the look on his face as my family and I did everything we could to console him.