Watch video: Grief and pet loss – symptoms you may experience
Belinda Johnston from www.ourspecialfriends.org (www.facebook.com/ourspecialfriends) is a vet who specialises in bereavement. In this video (filmed in 2013), she talks about the bond people have with their pet which differs from person to person. When a pet dies, due to old age, illness or accident, or if we lose them due to a change of circumstances such as having to move into accommodation that doesn't allow pets (such as a care home), or having your pet go missing or be stolen, we need to grieve.
There are a wide range of symptoms of grief: Physical - such as crying, loss of appetite, loss of concentration, sleeplessness, vomiting, d+ collapsing. Emotional - anger (including displaced anger), guilt, sadness, depression Cognitive - blaming people, suicidal thoughts, denial, hallucinations Social implications - withdrawing, becoming dependant on others Anticipatory grief - grieving before the actual loss
Not everyone will display all the symptoms, but it is helpful to know the possible responses people might have so that we are not alarmed if we react in a way we don't expect. Belinda goes through what these responses might be.
Our Special Friends helps people continue to benefit from animal companionship by providing practical and emotional support during illness, bereavement or other crises.
Chapters: 0:00 Introduction 0:20 The human-animal bond / human-animal relationship 1:39 The difficulty of losing a pet 3:07 Symptoms of grief 3:51 Emotional signs of grief 5:14 Cognitive symptoms of grief 7:05 Social implications 9:06 Anticipatory grief
Other videos about grief and pet loss: Grief and pet loss - symptoms you may experience https://youtu.be/AC0_nY-z_vQ Grief and pet loss - preparing for the time https://youtu.be/e_EyzqUF8vw Grief and pet loss - how to cope https://youtu.be/q3brBZV98x0 Grief and pet loss - what support is available https://youtu.be/LHz-RL92RUM
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