Dog owners know animal grief is real. 

Researchers have observed dogs mourning the loss of their owners for decades. Like a person in mourning, VCA Animal Hospitals points out dogs display shifts in their behavior you can see, hear, and feel after a loss.

 Dogs alter their behavior when they mourn, much like people do. They may become depressed and listless. They may have a decreased appetite and decline to play. They may sleep more than usual and move more slowly, sulking around. -VCA Animal Hospitals

There's no shortage of sad stories on the internet about dogs refusing to leave their owner's graves. Some sources say it's coincidence, but we disagree.

The truth is animals & insects can grieve just like humans do.

In Idaho, humans aren't the only species that hold funerals. Similar to human death rituals steeped in tradition, these creatures bid adieu to their dead in their own unique ways. Some will carry or drag the departed to a more secluded resting place. Others will dig a grave and bury the corpse where it died.

From the changes in their behavior, to the way their incredible sense of smell leaves them clinging to their owner's scent from six feet under, dogs express their grief. And so do a few of the animals in the gallery below.

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"To the memory of the pioneer families who came to this valley in 1880. This sacred place is reserved and perpetuated as they found it. Dry and desolate, many were the hardships and privations endured. Dedicated to the spirit of the old timers and pioneers."
 Scroll on for a unique tour of Idaho's most interesting cemetery!

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