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Pastoral concern in relation to the psychological stress caused by the death of an animal companion

By Kenneth Brown

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The place that animals occupy in relation to humans is considered, noting the close relationship and emotional attachment which exists between humans and their pet/animal companions. The psychological stress, bereavement, and grief experienced upon the death of an animal companion with whom an emotional attachment had taken place are explored. Pastoral implications in relation to the death are considered, and suggestions are made in relation to the role of religious leaders, pastoral counselors, and other caregivers at that time. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

Publication Title Mental Health, Religion & Culture
Volume 9
Issue 5
Pages 411-422
ISBN/ISSN 1367-46761469-9737
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/13694670500212208
Author Address Brown, Kenneth, PO Box 533, Morisset, NSW, Australia, 2264, k.brown@bigpond.net.au
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  1. animal companionship
  2. Attachment behavior
  3. Death
  4. Emotions
  5. Grief
  6. Interspecies interactions
  7. Pastoralism.
  8. peer-reviewed
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Psychological stress
  11. Religions
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