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  1. The Beginning, the End, and All the Happiness in Between: Pet Owners’ Wellbeing from Pet Acquisition to Death

    Contributor(s):: Brkljačić, Tihana, Sučić, Ines, Lučić, Lana, Tkalić, Renata Glavak, Lipovčan, Ljiljana Kaliterna

    The aim of this study was to provide deeper insight into the relationship between pet-related life events and the subjective wellbeing of pet owners, as well as to analyze definitions of happiness that included reference to pets. This research was conducted online as a part of the Croatian...

  2. Lancaster Pet Cemetery Memorial Plaques 1951–2018: An Analysis of Inscriptions

    Contributor(s):: Auster, Carol J., Auster-Gussman, Lauren J., Carlson, Emma C.

    Individuals in many cultures have a close relationship with their pets and think of them not only as companion animals but also as family. Research on the ways in which people memorialize their deceased pets has become increasingly important, and pet cemetery gravestone inscriptions have provided...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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)...

  8. An Exploratory Study of Veterinary Professionals' Self-Reported Support of Bereaved Clients Before, During, and After Companion Animal Euthanasia in Southwestern Ontario, Canada

    Contributor(s):: Matte, A. R., Khosa, D. K., Meehan, M. P., Coe, J. B., Niel, L.

  9. Fare thee well: how to help owners (and yourself) deal with the death of a beloved pet

    Contributor(s):: Al Bentz, C. Bach

  10. Posttraumatic Growth Following the Loss of a Pet: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

    Contributor(s):: Cori Bussolari, Janice Habarth, Satoko Kimpara, Rachel Katz, France Carlos, Amy Chow, Hisao Osada, Yukiko Osada, Betty J. Carmack, Nigel P. Field, Wendy Packman

  11. Posttraumatic Growth Following the Loss of a Pet

    Contributor(s):: Wendy Packman, Cori Bussolari, Rachel Katz, Betty J. Carmack, Nigel P. Field

  12. Grieving the Loss of a Pet Needs the Health System Recognition

    Contributor(s):: Bidhu K. Mohanti

    Globally there is increased presence of pets in the households. This non-human relationship, with its dimensions of physical and emotional bonds, can get severely jolted on the death of the companion animal. It sets a feeling, ‘our life is now left with a void and the house feels utterly...

  13. The attachment of humans to pets and their reactions to pet death

    Contributor(s):: A. L. Podberscek, J.K. Blackshaw

  14. The Role of Pets in the Lives of College Students: Implications for College Counselors

    | Contributor(s):: Aimee C. Adams, Bruce S. Sharkin, Jennifer J. Bottinelli

    The roles that pets play in the lives of college students have received little attention in the college counseling literature. This article will review four topics related to college students and pets that have implications for counselors: (a) the separation anxiety that students experience...

  15. Owners' Perceptions of Their Animal's Behavioural Response to the Loss of an Animal Companion

    | Contributor(s):: Jessica K. Walker, Natalie K. Waran, Clive J.C. Phillips

    The loss of a companion animal is recognised as being associated with experiences of grief by the owner, but it is unclear how other animals in the household may be affected by such a loss. Our aim was to investigate companion animals’ behavioural responses to the loss of a companion...

  16. Veterinary social work: Practice within veterinary settings

    | Contributor(s):: Holcombe, T. Melissa, Strand, Elizabeth B., Nugent, William R., Ng, Zenithson Y.

  17. Bereavement of older persons: Death of a pet

    | Contributor(s):: Shirley, V.A. , Mercier, J.

  18. Veterinarians' views on pet loss: Evidence from Romania

    | Contributor(s):: Rujoiu, Octavian, Rujoiu, Valentina

  19. Offering hospice care for pets

    | Contributor(s):: Cooney, K.

  20. Pet Loss and Human Emotion: Romanian Students' Reflections on Pet Loss

    | Contributor(s):: Rujoiu, O., Rujoiu, V.