"We Lost a Member of the Family": Predictors of the Grief Experience Surrounding the Loss of a Pet
Contributor(s):: Anna Maria C. Behler, Jeffrey D. Green, Jennifer Joy-Gaba
Pets play an important role in their owners' lives and are often viewed as family members. However, research on human-animal relationships suggests that pet owners often receive relatively less emotional support when experiencing grief after the death of a beloved pet, a phenomenon known as...
Exploring the loss and disenfranchised grief of animal care workers
Contributor(s):: Marton, B., Kilbane, T., Nelson-Becker, H.
When the Bond Breaks: Variables Associated with Grief Following Companion Animal Loss
Contributor(s):: Cowling, Dawn M., Isenstein, Sari G. E., Schneider, Margaret S.
This research used an online quantitative survey to investigate variables related to grief following pet loss. These included type of relationship, animal species, amount of time since death, cause of death, attachment, and social support. We also examined emotions hypothesized to be associated...
Tattoo Narratives: Insights Into Multispecies Kinship and Griefwork
Contributor(s):: Hill, Kristine
This paper explores multispecies families and nonhuman kinship through the lens of tattoo narratives, namely those that accompany designs dedicated to a companion animal. Although some tattoos are purely aesthetic, many embody deep personal meanings. Humans use narrative as a tool to endow...
Pet Grief: Tools to Assess Owners' Bereavement and Veterinary Communication Skills
| Contributor(s):: Ines Testoni, Loriana De Cataldo, Lucia Ronconi, Elisa Silvia Colombo, Cinzia Stefanini, Barbara Dal Zotto, Adriano Zamperini
In Italy, there are still very few studies on the psychological impact of losing a pet. The need to fill this gap springs from the fact that pet loss counseling services are increasingly being activated. The aim of this study is the Italian adaptation of instruments for veterinary counseling...
Pros and cons of pet ownership in sustaining independence in community-dwelling older adults: a scoping review
| Contributor(s):: Obradović, Nataša, Lagueux, Émilie, Michaud, Frédéric, Provencher, Véronique
Exploring pet owners' experiences and self-reported satisfaction and grief following companion animal euthanasia
| Contributor(s):: Matte, A. R., Khosa, D. K., Coe, J. B., Meehan, M., Niel, L.
Grief severity: A comparison between human and companion animal death
| Contributor(s):: Lavorgna, B. F., Hutton, V. E.
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...
Pet Loss: Understanding Disenfranchised Grief, Memorial Use, and Posttraumatic Growth
| Contributor(s):: Spain, Breeanna, O’Dwyer, Lisel, Moston, Stephen
The growing body of literature exploring pet loss suggests that many bereaved pet owners experience disenfranchised grief. Disenfranchised grief occurs when a loss is unacknowledged and the bereaved are unable to express their grief. When grief is considered illegitimate, the bereaved may...
In Praise of Dead Pets: An Investigation into the Content and Function of Human-Style Pet Eulogies
| Contributor(s):: Rennard, Jane, Greening, Linda, Williams, Jane M.
Few socially recognized death customs are available for bereaved pet owners, who may experience adverse mental health as a result of disenfranchisement and other complications surrounding pet loss. Additionally, pet owners can experience complex grief when the death is by euthanasia. When a human...
There for You: Attending Pet Euthanasia and Whether this Relates to Complicated Grief and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Adrian, Julie Ann Luiz, Stitt, Alexander
Recognizing the deep relationship between grief and the loss of a companion animal, veterinarians and mental health practitioners often find themselves consoling pet owners both prior to and in the aftermath of pet euthanasia. Yet how does euthanasia influence this bereavement process? To explore...
“They Burn Brightly, But Only for a Short Time”: The Role of Social Workers in Companion Animal Grief and Loss
| Contributor(s):: Laing, Melissa, Maylea, Christopher
The human–animal bond is a relational theory which describes the dynamic between humans and nonhuman animals that satisfies needs in each for companionship and emotional support, framing companion animals as valued family members. Social workers have historically ignored the central role...
Pet Loss and Representations of Death, Attachment, Depression, and Euthanasia
| Contributor(s):: Testoni, Ines, Cataldo, Loriana De, Ronconi, Lucia, Zamperini, Adriano
Studies that have examined pet loss hypothesize that attachment, representations of death, and the belief in an afterlife for animals may influence owners’ bereavement and depressive outcomes. The following instruments were administered to 159 Italian participants recruited through snowball...
Exploring the Grief Experience Among Callers to a Pet Loss Support Hotline
| Contributor(s):: Rémillard, Liam W., Meehan, Michael P., Kelton, David F., Coe, Jason B.
The present study explored the grief experience among callers to the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Loss Support Hotline (PLSH). Summary notes (n = 75) of the conversations between callers and PLSH volunteers were qualitatively analyzed using content analysis. Major content categories emerging...
Continuing Bonds and Psychosocial Functioning in a Recently Bereaved Pet Loss Sample
| Contributor(s):: Habarth, Janice, Bussolari, Cori, Gomez, Rowena, Carmack, Betty J., Ronen, Rama, Field, Nigel P., Packman, Wendy
Research has shown that pet loss can be a devastating and complex experience for some human survivors, yet this loss may not be fully recognized by friends, partners, or acquaintances as a significant bereavement. The objectives of the current study were to consider how continuing bonds (CB)...
Pet Loss, Complicated Grief, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Hawaii
We examined the impact of pet/animal death on Complicated Grief (CG) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in relation to demographic variables amongst a diverse population of racial and ethnic groups in Hawaii. Three hundred and fifty-five participants (142 solicited by mail, 213 volunteer...
Everybody Died So I Got A Dog: When loss becomes your life coach | Emily Dean | TEDxNewcastleCollege
| Contributor(s):: Emily Dean
Emily Dean is a radio presenter, podcaster and journalist. She is Frank Skinner’s co-host on the award-winning Frank Skinner Show (Absolute Radio) and currently presents a hugely successful podcast for The Times called Walking the Dog. After suffering unspeakable family tragedies, Emily...
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'I want to bring him from the aeroplane to here': The meaning of animals to children of refugee or migrant backgrounds resettled in Australia
| Contributor(s):: Damien W. Riggs, Clemence Due, Nik Taylor
Separation from animals with whom children have caring relationships can lead to considerable loss and grief, perhaps especially in the case of migration. This article reports on a thematic analysis of interviews undertaken with children of migrant or refugee backgrounds who had resettled in...