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  1. BirchBark Foundation

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    BirchBark protects and honors the human-animal bond through financial assistance to vulnerable families faced with unaffordable medical expenses to save the life of a pet, and support for all families with our education and pet loss counseling programs.

  2. Can Shelter Pets Heal a Community? | Stacy Mendell Matt Angleman | TEDxGrandJunction

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    | Contributor(s):: Stacy Mendell, Matt Angleman

    They look at how to harness the power of the human-animal bond to create healthier and more compassionate communities. Their presentation includes therapy dogs Chazz and Ness. Stacy is a licensed clinical social worker who uses four-legged co-therapists in her mental health work on the Western...

  3. 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.

  4. Pet owners' expectations for pet end-of-life support and after-death body care: exploration and practical applications

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    | Contributor(s):: Cooney, K. A., Kogan, L. R., Brooks, S. L., Ellis, C. A.

    Pet owners caring for a pet during the end of its life are faced with aftercare choices and decisions. This study, through the use of an online anonymous survey, explored the perceptions and expectations of United States (US) pet owners regarding end-of-life issues, with a focus on after-death...

  5. Owner grieving following companion animal death

    | Contributor(s):: Cindy L. Adams

  6. Beyond Recovery: Understanding the Postbereavement Growth From Companion Animal Loss

    | Contributor(s):: Paul W.C. Wong, Kenny C.T. Lau, Lucia L. Liu, Gloria S.N. Yuen, Poon Wing-Lok

  7. Pet Humanisation and Related Grief: Development and Validation of a Structured Questionnaire Instrument to Evaluate Grief in People Who Have Lost a Companion Dog

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    | Contributor(s):: Stefania Uccheddu, Loriana de Cataldo, Mariangela Albertini, Stanley Coren, Goncalo Da Graça Pereira, Anouck Haverbeke, Daniel Simon Mills, Ludovica Pierantoni, Stefanie Riemer, Lucia Ronconi, Ines Testoni, Federica Pirrone

    People often develop strong emotional connections with their dogs and consider them to be members of the family. The purpose of this study was to develop a novel validated tool, the Mourning Dog Questionnaire, to recognise and evaluate the mourning process in people who have lost a dog. The...

  8. Pet loss and continuing bonds in children and adolescents

    | Contributor(s):: Michael Schmidt, Paige E. Naylor, Diana Cohen, Rowena Gomez, James A. Moses Jr, Max Rappoport, Wendy Packman

    There is little research available regarding the impact of pet loss on children. In the current mixed-methods study, we explored the different ways that children use continuing bonds (CB) to cope following the death of a pet. We studied 32 children (5–18 years) and their parents....

  9. Emotion Work of Coping with the Death of a Companion Animal

    | Contributor(s):: Karyn McKinney

  10. Bond‐Centered Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

    | Contributor(s):: Laurel Lagoni, Amir Shanan, Jessica Pierce (editor), Tamara Shearer (editor)

  11. ペットロスの疫学

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    | Contributor(s):: Yuya Kimura

  12. Grief for pets – Part 2: Avoiding compassion fatigue

    | Contributor(s):: Caroline Hewson

    Dealing with clients' distress, especially at euthanasia, is one of the main stressors for veterinary nurses, and it can result in compassion fatigue. There seems to have been little acknowledgement of this in the workplace or the literature, and we lack research on prevalence, risk factors...

  13. Investigating the Emotion Regulation Strategies Implemented by Adults Grieving the Death of a Pet in Australia and the UK

    | Contributor(s):: Chloe Green, Maria Kangas, Ian Fairholm

    Pet-related grief has been for the most part been overlooked in psychological research. The aim of this study was twofold. First, to investigate whether the ambiguous loss of one’s pet was associated with heightened grief compared to certain pet death; and second, to examine whether...

  14. Chapter 23 - Following the Loss of a Companion Animal: Aftercare and Pet Loss Support

    | Contributor(s):: Katherine Goldberg, Sandra Brackenridge

  15. The mental health effects of pet death during childhood: is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

    | Contributor(s):: Katherine M. Crawford, Yiwen Zhu, Kathryn A. Davis, Samantha Ernst, Kristina Jacobsson, Kristen Nishimi, Andrew D.A.C. Smith, Erin C. Dunn

    Pet ownership is common. Growing evidence suggests children form deep emotional attachments to their pets. Yet, little is known about children’s emotional reactions to a pet’s death. The goal of this study was to describe the relationship between experiences of pet death and risk of...

  16. Pet Grief: Tools to Assess Owners' Bereavement and Veterinary Communication Skills

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    | 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...