Pet loss and implications for professionals: a review

Morley, Christine and Fook, Professor Jan (2005) Pet loss and implications for professionals: a review Mortality, 10, (2), pp. 127-143. (doi:10.1080/13576270412331329849).


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Abstract Understanding the meaning of companion animals and their loss in peoples' lives has major implications for the way professional services are organized and delivered. There is much research and literature which argues for the major social, emotional and physical benefits of animal companionship, and the widespread nature of pet ownership. Yet ironically, much of the professional service literature has tended to marginalize or pathologize the human-animal bond, often dichotomizing it against human relationships and assuming its inferiority. We argue that this reflects a tendency to individualize what should be a major social concern. Therefore service design and delivery needs to reflect a recognition of human-animal relationships as a significant part of normal experience. Services and policies need to factor in both the inclusion and loss of these.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13576270412331329849
ISSNs: 1357-6275 (print)
ePrint ID: 51934
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May 2005Published
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:04
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