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...
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...
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...
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)...
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.
Pet loss and continuing bonds: An examination of grief reactions in adults and children
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Contributor(s):: Maxwell D. Rappoport
Exploring bereaved older adult pet owner's relationship and grief experiences following the death of a companion animal
Contributor(s):: Sabine B. J. Volkmann
Complicated grief therapy in pet loss: A clinical case study
Contributor(s):: Valerie Russell
Fare thee well: how to help owners (and yourself) deal with the death of a beloved pet
Contributor(s):: Al Bentz, C. Bach
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
Posttraumatic Growth Following the Loss of a Pet
Contributor(s):: Wendy Packman, Cori Bussolari, Rachel Katz, Betty J. Carmack, Nigel P. Field
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...
The veterinarian's role in pet loss: grief education, support, and facilitation
Contributor(s):: L.S. Lagoni, S. Hetts, S.J. Withrow
The attachment of humans to pets and their reactions to pet death
Contributor(s):: A. L. Podberscek, J.K. Blackshaw
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...
Pet Bonding and Pet Bereavement Among Adults
| Contributor(s):: Kelli Brosam
This study was designed to examine the relationship between the intensity of bonding and grief responses among adults following the death of their dogs or cats. Three hypotheses were considered: 1) The strength of the bond between an adult and a pet will predict the intensity of grief following...
For Death is But a Passing Phase of Life: Riding The Grief Waves Resulting From The Death of Pet and Human Loss Within a Culturally Fluid World
| Contributor(s):: Yoshiko Nonaka
We, as living beings, all cross paths with death of others and of ourselves, as well as the grief that follows. However, people in many cultures and societies are often discouraged from talking about death and dying. Death and grief as a result of it happen in response to not only human loss, but...