Emotion work of coping with the death of a companion animal

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This study uses qualitative data to explore how guardians cope with the death of animal companions. Respondents struggle with the expectations of a speciesist emotion culture that mediates bereavement following the death of a non-human animal. This struggle reveals four key aspects of emotion work: 1) justifying grief to themselves and others; 2) accepting that the companion animal has died at the "right time"; 3) using rituals, religion, or spirituality to cope; and 4) adopting a new animal companion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-125
Number of pages17
JournalSociety and Animals
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Veterinary
  • Sociology and Political Science


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