Over the past century, humans have gone from referring to pets as friends or companions to referring to them as family members. The change in gravestone markings and the rise in burials for pets points to a stronger bond in the later century. The change also reflects cultural shifts in acceptable responses to grief.
“References to animals as family members increase after the Second World War, coinciding with a rise in the use of family surnames on pet gravestones,” Dr. Tourigny says. “Some early adopters of surnames put them in parentheses or quotation marks, as if to acknowledge they are not full members of the family. The need to express grief following the loss of a beloved animal, however, was at odds with socially acceptable beliefs of the time.”
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