Profound Bond

Author Erika Skinner, who prefers the title “Chief Empathy Officer,” wants to be a catalyst for empathy-driven change within organizations via her new book, Pets Are Family: It’s As Simple As That.
Words // Sandy Lindsey | April 26, 2024 | Lifestyle

The lightbulb moment for Erika Skinner came in the Summer of 2023. Within two weeks, she tragically lost her Shar Pei, Kingston, while another, Edmond, was diagnosed with cancer. So began a months-long fight of radiation, immunotherapy and surgeries between long drives to the hospital. She loved these dogs as sons and her grief was profound, unlike anything she had ever experienced before. While pet bereavement was available to her, she became very aware that it wasn’t the norm. In her new book, Pets Are Family: It’s As Simple As That, she explores the profound bond between humans and their beloved pets. Looking beyond her own saddness, she emphasizes the need to integrate pet loss into societal norms, offering valuable resources and guidance for those navigating this challenging path. Her story becomes a catalyst for positive change, inspiring vulnerability and compassion, and advocating for pet bereavement policies in the workplace while fostering empathy. The book concludes with practical resources for individuals experiencing pet loss, highlighting our shared humanity and the importance of supporting one another through life’s challenges;;