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Grieving the loss of a pet: a qualitative systematic review


Cleary, M and West, S and Thapa, DK and Westman, M and Vesk, K and Kornhaber, R, Grieving the loss of a pet: a qualitative systematic review, Death Studies ISSN 0748-1187 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07481187.2021.1901799


Animal owners who experience the death of a beloved family pet or companion animal may experience feelings of grief and loss that are synonymous with the death of a human. This systematic review synthesized 19 qualitative papers from 17 studies that explored the psychosocial impact of bereavement and grieving the loss of a pet. The analysis revealed five themes: Their Relationship; Their Grief; Their Guilt; Their Supports; and Their Future. By looking beyond grief, health professionals can respond to bereaved pet owners the same way they would for other forms of human bereavement and provide the necessary support to transition bereavement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:grieving, loss, pets, qualitative, systematic review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental health nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:West, S (Dr Sancia West)
UTAS Author:Thapa, DK (Mr Deependra Thapa)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:144122
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-04-22
Last Modified:2021-09-30
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