I feel silly to be so sad over the death of a dog
Dear Miriam, I feel silly to be so sad over the death of my pet dog and can't pull myself together

Dear Miriam,

I am living alone since my husband died three years ago after a short illness. My two grown-up children live nearby (my son runs the farm now part time) and while they are very good to me, they have their own families and jobs and lives to lead, so I try not to be a nuisance to them. I have a few good friends, but I don’t get out as much as I used to as I’m not great on the legs.