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Older women's experiences of companion animal death: impacts on well-being and aging in place

This research explores the experiences of 12 women (age 55+), living alone in Alberta, who experienced the death of an animal companion in 2019. Findings revealed that the loss of an animal companion results in significant grief and associated losses such as the social encounters involving their pet (e.g., community walks). The research also found that many respondents experienced "disenfranchised grief" where they thought their loss would be minimized or misunderstood by others, so they were reluctant to share their feelings. The findings suggest greater awareness to acknowledge grief for pets as real so it can be met with support to mourn the loss.

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    Aug 23, 2021

  • Subject Area
    • Mental Health and Wellness
    • Social Connectedness / Social Isolation
    • Physical Activity
  • Audience
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
    • Caregivers, Seniors & Volunteers
    • Academics
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