Bereavement Grief And Euthanasia

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