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These slides accompanied a 1 hour webinar "Pet bereavement support and why losing a pet can be so hard for people" - looking at how the human-companion animal bond effects the relationship that people ...

These slides accompanied a 1 hour webinar "Pet bereavement support and why losing a pet can be so hard for people" - looking at how the human-companion animal bond effects the relationship that people have with their pets and how it will impact upon them when they face the loss of their beloved pet. Who is more vulnerable at these times and why? Participants heard examples of very strongly bonded relationships and had chance to share their own experiences.

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  • Welcome to the first in a series of 6 webinars looking at Pet Bereavement Support
  • My name is Julia Dando and I work for The Society for Companion Animal Studies
  • There will be opportunity later for you to share some experiences of your own. You can do this by using the chat box but preferably if you have a microphone I can give you the floor and we will be able to hear from you. I can see which of you have microphones enabled so we will see how that goes when we get to the relevant part of the session.
  • An attachment relationship is generally a mutual and very intense emotional relationship Often used to describe parent-child bond Attachment relationship: The theory of attachment was originally developed by John Bowlby (1907 - 1990), a British psychoanalyst who was attempting to understand the intense distress experienced by children who had been separated from their parents. How many of you have clients / or yourselves refer to your babies?
  • Polls
  • I’m sure we’ve all had clients, customers, friends, or family that have displayed behaviour that would indicate they have a very strong attachment – a very strong bond, with their pet. When I was a teenager I was very keen on horses and there was an recurring dream I would have about riding along a cliff edge and the edge giving way and my horse and I falling over the cliff…… something that it made me think about was what if that did happen and my horse went over the edge….would I try to hang on? Would it be a conscious choice to hang on…knowing that I could never hold his weight….
  • Mr Jarvis said: ‘He was desperately trying to scramble back on to it, but he couldn’t pull himself up. ‘We were watching his little head sink lower and lower in the water and he was getting tired and slowing down because of the cold. I was thinking, “We’re going to lose the dog – he’s going to die”. I couldn’t let that happen. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2101257/Dog-owner-inched-ice-save-pet-explains-reckless-act.html#ixzz1ousNV7sq
  • This was the terrifying moment a brave young mother battled to keep her beloved horse calm as sea water closed in on the animal after he became trapped in mud 'like quicksand'. Exhausted and mud-splattered, Nicole Graham clung to her trapped horse Astro for three hours keeping his head high in a race against the tide. The 78-stone show horse had sunk into quagmire-like mud and was facing the prospect of drowning as the water rose around them. Miss Graham had been out on an afternoon ride with her daughter along the coast near Geelong, south of Melbourne, when 18-year-old Astro suddenly sank into the mud. As her daughter ran to their car and phoned for help, Miss Graham stayed at her horse’s side. She courageously clung on to his neck, terrified that he would not be freed before the tide came in. She said: ‘It was terrifying. It was also heartbreaking to see my horse exhausted and struggling.
  • The elderly, the young, the lonely, the vulnerable Those that have the support of their pet through a difficult time Where the pet is a link to the past….perhaps a deceased spouse or family member/friend A working dog that has been with its trainer / human for a long time Craig and Loois http://youtu.be/KAn7QbThWAg What are the issues?
  • Craig and Loois http://youtu.be/KAn7QbThWAg What are the issues? Angelo and Simon http://youtu.be/kK9jzXUGjNA
  • http://www.scas.org.uk/2899/Pet-BereavementSupportWebinarSeries.html
  • http://www.scas.org.uk/2899/Pet-BereavementSupportWebinarSeries.html This 1 hour session looks at how the human-companion animal bond effects the relationship that people have with their pets and how it will impact upon them when they face the loss of their beloved pet.  Who is more vulnerable at these times and why?  You will hear examples of very strongly bonded relationships and have chance to share your own experiences. This webinar may be of interest to pet owners, friends and family of those with pets, and those working in professionas where clients might need support before, during and after losing a pet.  When somebody loses someone that is significant in their life they suffer a bereavement.  This extends very much to the animals in our lives and for some people losing a pet can be more traumatic and upsetting than losing a fellow human being.  For every person loss and grief can present an individual and unique experience.  This 1 hour session looks at how loss and grief can effect different people - the physical, mental, emotional and social reactions and implications that can be experienced during the grieving process.  We also touch on anticipatory grief (when grieving might start even before the pet is lost) and responsibility grief (for people that are struggling with having to make a difficult decision). The Pet Bereavement Support Service has been giving free emotional support to those who may have lost a pet or have been effected by the loss of a pet since 1994.  Open every day from 8.30am - 8.30pm the team of volunteers provide a vital port of call for those in need.  This 30 min session looks at the work of the PBSS and the impact that it has had of the lives of many over the years. Whether you work in a veterinary practice, a rehoming or rescue centre, or maybe just know someone that is struggling due to the loss of a pet, this 1 hour session looks at some of the ways that you can provide support.  Knowing what to say can be the biggest worry for people who are in a position where emotional support is needed.  We will be taking a look at "active listening skills" and other tools and skills that can be helpful. There are lots of things that you can do to make things easier for everyone when there is a loss of a pet.  This 1 hour session looks at what you can do in practice to make things easier for clients, colleagues, friends, family and yourself when you are involved with providing support for those experiencing the loss of a pet.

Pet bereavement support and why losing a pet can be so hard for people Pet bereavement support and why losing a pet can be so hard for people Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome to thePet Bereavement Support Webinar Series from Webinar 2 of 6:Pet Bereavement and why losing a pet can be so hard for people
  • Welcome to thePet Bereavement Support Webinar Series from With Julia Dando MA – Training Manager, SCAS
  • Pet Bereavement and why losing a pet can be so hard for people What will we be looking at today?• What is the Human – Companion Animal Bond?• How the HCAB effects people at a time of loss• Who might be more effected than others?
  • The Human-Companion Animal Bond An Attachment Relationship
  • Attachment Relationships Characteristic behaviours associated with attachment• Seeking proximity• Distress on separation (separation anxiety)• Pleasure at reunion• Directed behaviour
  • What is the human- companion animal bond?“The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial anddynamic relationship between people and other animalsthat is influenced by behaviours that are essential tothe health and well being of both.”“This includes but is not limited to, emotional,psychological and physical interactions of people, otheranimals and the environment.”Statement from the AVMA Committee on The Human Animal Bondin JAVMA vol. 212, No. 11, p 1675, June 1, 1998
  • The human-companion animal bondStart to think of someone you know or have worked with that has shown behaviour to suggest that their bond with their pet is extraordinarily strong.
  • The human-companion animal bondShare your experiences of thehuman-companion animal bond
  • The human-companion animal bond Who are those that will particularlyvulnerable when experiencing the loss of a pet?Why might their bond be stronger?
  • The human-companion animal bondWhen a bond gets stronger• There are time when I’d be lonely except for my pet• My pet gives me a reason for getting up in the morning• In many ways my pet is the best friend I have• My pet helps me to be more physically active• I couldn’t have made it through that difficult time without my pet• My pet is the last link to my late husband/wife/mum/dad
  • Thank you for your attention Webinar 3Pet Bereavement: Loss and GriefWednesday 21st March 2012 @ 1pm
  • Pet Bereavement Support Webinar SeriesWebinar 2: Pet Bereavement and why losing a pet can be so hard for peopleWednesday 14th March 2012 @ 1pmWebinar 3: Pet Bereavement - Loss and GriefWednesday 21st March 2012 @ 1pmWebinar 4: Introducing the Pet Bereavement Support Service (Free)Wednesday 28th March 2012 @ 1pmWebinar 5: Pet Bereavement and providing support for peopleWednesday 18th April 2012 @ 1pmWebinar 6: Pet Bereavement Support and developing protocolsWednesday 25th April 2012 @ 1pm