1st Edition

Mourning Companion Animals Guiding Clients from Loss to Legacy

By Susan Dowd Stone Copyright 2024
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    Mourning Companion Animals is a guidebook for mental health clinicians searching for effective, compassionate resources to guide their clients through the often-devastating experience of animal companion loss.

    Chapters offer powerful and comprehensive strategies to heal animal companion loss based in sound, evidenced based, theoretical perspectives. The included author-generated inventory, the animal companion bereavement questionnaire, provides further assistance in clinician exploration of each client’s unique bond with their lost companion.

    The book’s content is the result of more than twenty-five of extensive work within the human-animal bond, clinical training in the referenced therapies, and application of major psychodynamic theories.

    1. The Experience of Animal Companion Loss  2. The Impact of Trauma in Animal Companion Loss  3. Considerations of Attachment Theory in Animal Companion Loss  4. Assessment Strategies for Animal Companion Loss  5. Psychodynamic Approaches to Healing Animal Companion Loss  6. Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Healing Animal Companion Loss  7. Trauma Approaches to Healing Animal Companion Loss  8. Anticipatory Mourning in Animal Companion Loss  9. Legacy Creation Following Animal Companion Loss 


    Susan Dowd Stone MSW, LCSW, is an adjunct associate professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and an award-winning advocate, speaker, author, and clinician whose lengthy career has focused on the human-animal bond.

    Mourning Companion Animals is an empathetic, essential guide for navigating the difficult terrain of pet loss. Integrating her deep understanding of clinical social work with trauma-informed strategies, Stone delivers a powerful and comforting blueprint for grief management. This book is not just an invaluable resource; it is a heartfelt legacy to the animals we've loved and lost, destined to resonate deeply with anyone who has experienced the unique sorrow of losing a beloved pet.

    Dr. Katherine Compitusexpert applied anthrozoologist and professor of clinical social work, New York University

    “Over the years, my grief response to the inevitable passing of my animal companions impacts me just as much as—and admittedly maybe even more—as the grief response to the passing of any other beloved family member or friend. Susan Stone’s wonderful, thorough, and thought-provoking book teaches us how to deal with that grief and helps us understand that our animals never really die if they live on in our hearts and in our memories.”

    David Frei, longtime host of NBC’s National Dog Show and Westminster Kennel Club

    "I first met Dickens and his person, Susan Stone, during my early years as a veterinarian at The Oradell Animal Hospital when a friendship emerged based on our united dedication to the human-animal bond and the grief that can follow loss. This insightful book touches on all areas of animal-companion loss. It is a must read not only for mental health professionals, but for those who treat, care for, and support animal companions and those who love them."

    Dr. John G. DeVriesDVM, diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners