This updated edition of Pet Loss and Human Emotion is a step-by-step guide to leading clients through this special kind of grief. Includes resources and a section on pet loss and natural disasters.
As society accepts that grieving over the death of a loved one is not only normal, but healthy and necessary, grieving over the loss of a pet is often seen differently. Expressed feelings often go unvalidated when in truth, pet loss is a unique form of grief that can be quite intense and debilitating, increasing an individual's vulnerability to subsequent stress and leaving them feeling isolated and misunderstood.
Pet loss needs to be addressed by therapists and others in the helping professions, to better enable them to help their clients through the loss of their companion animals. This unique guide is written for all professionals helping clients deal with the loss of a pet, and serves as a practical introduction to the field of human-animal bonding. Citing several case studies, it describes various techniques for helping clients when the bond with a pet is broken.
Table of Contents
Dedication. Carmack, Foreword. Preface. The Human Companion Animal Bond. When the Bond is Broken. The Euthanasia Decision. Special Types of Loss. Children and Pet Loss. Pet Loss and the Elderly. Deciding to Love a New Pet. Behavioral Manifestations of Grief and Loss. Assisting Animal Care Professionals. Pet Loss Due to Natural Disaster and Personal Tragedy. Therapeutic Interventions and Treatment Modalities. Thoughts About Loving and Losing Companion Animals. Pet Loss Resources. Bibliography. Index.
Cheri Barton Ross, M.A., C.T., is author of "Pet Loss and Children, Establishing a Healthy Foundation," (Routledge, 2005). She is also a journalist, editor, and playwright, and founder of the Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Group in Santa Rosa, CA.
Jane Baron-Sorensen, R.N., MFT, has recently retired as the patient care manager for Psychiatric Emergency Services, a division of Sonoma County’s Department of Health Services, in Santa Rosa, CA. She led the Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Group for 15 years.