Companion Animal Bereavement

A one health workbook for veterinary professionals

December 2021
More details
  • Publisher
  • Published
    10th December 2021
  • ISBN 9781789245370
  • Language English
  • Pages 176 pp.
  • Size 7" x 9"

"This book takes the reader through all aspects of supporting owners leading up to euthanasia and beyond. Angela explores in great detail the emotional complexities and needs of those who care for their pets during this most difficult period so that while we as veterinarians look after our patients, we are able to, equally importantly, look after the owners." From the foreword by Peter Wright, Yorkshire Vet

This concise workbook is written as a guide for veterinary professionals to support owners through the many challenges they face before, during, and after the death of a companion animal.

This unique text provides a wealth of practical advice to be used when supporting both adults and children through the grief process. It offers support when discussing subjects such as natural death versus euthanasia and guiding owners through after-death services. Also, it covers the difficulties experienced by owners due to separation for other reasons, such as when a pet has to be rehomed. The book:

  • Gives highly practical guidance on pet bereavement support for vet staff before, during, and after animal loss, including communicating with highly distressed people;
  • Includes exercises and activities which can be downloaded and shared with owners to help them cope with the destabilizing effects of grief;
  • Helps gain a deeper understanding of the owners' perceptions of the process, including their fears and feelings;
  • Addresses the importance of self-care and peer support within the veterinary team or animal welfare organization;
  • Contains numerous case studies and practical examples in the book and via additional online resources.

Angela Garner

During 30 years in human healthcare as a Registered General Nurse, Angela Garner developed a strong interest in end-of-life issues and communicating with the dying and bereaved with empathy and sensitivity. With a life-long passion and interest in animal welfare, it was a natural progression to specialize in companion animal bereavement support. Shortly after gaining her diploma in this area in 2001, she was asked to set up and run an innovative national pet bereavement support service for a small charity, called Environmental Animal Sanctuary & Education (EASE) in the United Kingdom.

Over the years Angela has developed her own unique methods of communicating with bereaved pet owners, and written a wide range of support literature on the subject, including a children’s activity book. In 2021 her first book for owners was published and is currently available worldwide. In 2012, she was awarded a Fellowship by the Society of Bereavement Practitioners in respect of her work, and in 2021 the Society presented her with their prestigious "President’s Award of Merit."

After learning to teach in the adult sector, she moved into teaching and lecturing on this subject, and has successfully presented to vet staff and animal welfare organizations. In 2015 Angela was invited to lecture at the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) annual conference, the video of which can be viewed on her website:

Companion animal; Bereavement; Cat; Dog; Horse; Rabbit; Communication; Distressed owner; End of life; Supporting owners; Euthanasia; Sudden death; Natural death; Grief; Grieving; Compassion; Compassion fatigue; Emotional Resilience; Care; Veterinary practice