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Grief severity: A comparison between human and companion animal death

By B. F. Lavorgna, V. E. Hutton

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Grief severity was investigated and compared amongst 50 participants aged 18 to 65 years who had experienced the death of a human (n = 35) or the death of a companion animal (n = 15). Participants were recruited in Australia and completed an on-line self-report questionnaire package, measuring grief severity, social support, and emotional connection to the deceased. There were no significant differences between the levels of grief severity, however, the qualitative analyses highlighted the complexities associated with attempting to compare these grief experiences. These results highlight the importance of therapists acknowledging and validating companion animal grief.

Publication Title Death Stud
Volume 43
Issue 8
Pages 521-526
ISBN/ISSN 0748-1187
DOI 10.1080/07481187.2018.1491485
Language eng
Notes 1091-7683Lavorgna, Bianca FHutton, Vicki EJournal ArticleUnited StatesDeath Stud. 2019;43(8):521-526. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1491485. Epub 2018 Sep 14.
Author Address Australian College of Applied Psychology , Melbourne VIC , Australia.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Adolescents
  2. Adults
  3. Age
  4. Animals
  5. Bonds
  6. Cross-Sectional Studies
  7. Death
  8. Grief
  9. Humans
  10. Middle Aged Adults
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. Self Report
  13. social support
  14. Young Adult