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Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
Bereavement  Grief And Euthanasia
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Bereavement Grief And Euthanasia

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  • 1. Bereavement, Grief and Euthanasia
  • 2. <ul><li>Companion animals provide both parents and children with stability, constancy, and security </li></ul><ul><li>The human animal bond has made our pets part of the family </li></ul>
  • 3. <ul><li>Pets are used to meet many of the changing psycho-social needs of modern society </li></ul><ul><li>When pet loss occurs, intensity and duration of attachment determine the significance of the loss and intensity of grief that follows. </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>Pets can take on symbolic meaning as reminders of both pleasant and traumatic events in people’s lives. </li></ul><ul><li>The degree of attachment is different for each pet and owner </li></ul>
  • 5. Keys to attachment <ul><li>Owners believe that they rescued their pet from death or near death </li></ul><ul><li>Owners believe that their pet got them through a difficult period in life </li></ul><ul><li>Owner spent their childhood with their pet </li></ul>
  • 6. Keys to attachment <ul><li>Owner has relied on their pet as their most significant source of support </li></ul><ul><li>Owner anthropomorphizes their pet </li></ul><ul><li>Owner has invested significant time, effort and money into their pets long term medical care </li></ul><ul><li>Owners view their pet as symbolic links to significant people who are no longer in their lives or to significant times in their lives. </li></ul>
  • 7. <ul><li>Pets can take on symbolic meaning as reminders of both pleasant and traumatic events in people’s lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Grief can be intense </li></ul><ul><li>Grief is very individual, and each family member may grieve in a unique way </li></ul>
  • 8. As a child <ul><li>Did you have a pet as a child? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of pet did you have as a child? </li></ul><ul><li>Was it special to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us why it was a special pet. </li></ul><ul><li>What happened to it? </li></ul>
  • 9. As an adult <ul><li>As an adult, have you have a pet die? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of pet was it? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s was it’s name? </li></ul><ul><li>How was it special to you? </li></ul>
  • 10. <ul><li>Have you ever had to euthanize a pet? </li></ul><ul><li>Who made the decision? </li></ul>
  • 11. <ul><li>A dog comes in and is diagnosed with systemic lymphosarcoma. </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanize or not? </li></ul>
  • 12. <ul><li>A chicken has a fractured leg. </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanize or not? </li></ul>
  • 13. <ul><li>A cat with feline aids. </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanize or not? </li></ul>
  • 14. <ul><li>Barbaro. </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanize or not? </li></ul>
  • 15. <ul><li>A 4 year old hamster with a tumor. </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanize or not? </li></ul>
  • 16. <ul><li>A cow with a chronic history of prolapsed uterus. </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanize or not? </li></ul>
  • 17. <ul><li>A cow with a chronic history of prolapsed uterus. </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanize or not? </li></ul><ul><li>A cow wouldn’t be euthenized, it would be shipped to slaughter </li></ul>
  • 18. <ul><li>What is your opinion about the use of animals or animal products for food, clothing, research, entertainment, or competition? </li></ul>
  • 19. <ul><li>Your personal values may effect your perception and beliefs about euthanasia. </li></ul><ul><li>As a professional, you will have to participate in assisting in the process of euthanasia </li></ul>
  • 20. <ul><li>It is important to understand your own feelings in order to be able to assist the client with their decision regarding euthanasia </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, you do not to make this process more difficult for the client by projecting your values into the situation </li></ul>
  • 21. <ul><li>The euthanasia process </li></ul><ul><li>Explaining euthanasia to clients </li></ul><ul><li>Empathizing with clients </li></ul>
  • 22. Death and Dying <ul><li>Kübler-Ross: Stages of dying </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Denial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bargaining </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final acceptance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bereavement and mourning </li></ul>
  • 23. denial <ul><li>People are uncomfortable talking about death and dying </li></ul><ul><li>People don’t consider that most pet’s life spans are much shorter than ours and that the grieving process is part of pet ownership </li></ul>
  • 24. <ul><li>Veterinarians and technicians are confronted daily with complex issues of attachment, loss and grief in the course of their patients’ illnesses and deaths </li></ul>
  • 25. <ul><li>Many times clients turn to the veterinary staff as sources of support, comfort, and understanding at and around the time of their pet’s death </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinary staff have a unique position since they have an understanding of the bond between owner and pet </li></ul>
  • 26. <ul><li>Veterinary staff have the ability and responsibility to assist clients going through the process of grief when their beloved pet dies </li></ul>
  • 27. <ul><li>You must give the client </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The permission to grieve </li></ul></ul>
  • 28. Places to contact for help or referral sources for help with grief <ul><li>Box 38-3 pg 1184 in text </li></ul>
  • 29. Dealing with children and death <ul><li>tell them the TRUTH </li></ul><ul><li>Explain in simple terms </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use euphemisms </li></ul><ul><li>Contact children’s support system </li></ul><ul><li>TRUTH!!!!!!! </li></ul>
  • 30. Factors that may complicate the grief process <ul><li>Box 38-5 pg 1187 in text </li></ul>
  • 31. Veterinarians and technicians <ul><li>Work with death and client grief on an almost daily basis </li></ul><ul><li>Are emotionally involved with each patient </li></ul><ul><li>Are affected by every patient’s death </li></ul><ul><li>Need to assist in the euthanasia process </li></ul><ul><li>Need to deal with their own emotional health </li></ul><ul><li>Can burn out easily if not also allowed to grieve </li></ul>

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