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This Johannesburg woman creates sculptures of pets who have died to help owners overcome their grief

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Lauren, who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, says sculpting helps distract her from the chronic pain she experiences due to the condition. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Papi Morake)
Lauren, who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, says sculpting helps distract her from the chronic pain she experiences due to the condition. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Papi Morake)

Anyone who has ever owned and loved animals will tell you how deep the pain runs when they pass away.

They were your constant companion, the face that greeted you when you got home, the wet nose that nuzzled you when you were sad, the purring fluffball that warmed your lap on a winter evening . . .

The hole they leave in our lives when they die is awful – and no one knows this better than Lauren Namer, who has mourned many a pet in her life.

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