The importance of pet loss and some implications for services

Morley, Christine and Fook, Jan 2005, The importance of pet loss and some implications for services, Mortality, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 127-143, doi: 10.1080/13576270412331329849.

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Title The importance of pet loss and some implications for services
Author(s) Morley, Christine
Fook, Jan
Journal name Mortality
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 127
End page 143
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2005-05
ISSN 1357-6275
Summary 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.
Notes Online Publication Date: 01 May 2005
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13576270412331329849
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis Group Ltd
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