Companion Animal Bereavement
A one health workbook for veterinary professionals
"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.