A special kind of grief. Cultural delegitimizations and representations of death in the case pet loss

Author/s Ines Testoni, Loriana De Cataldo
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/3 Language Italian
Pages 16 P. 413-428 File size 207 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2017-003004
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In Western world, pets are increasingly significant in the everyday life of many people. Nevertheless, society today is still unable to recognize the suffering resulting from their death. This phenomenon and the most important studies on pet-loss are described. Some assumptions on ontological representations of death, which might contribute to explain the delegitimization of pet-grief, are discussed.

Keywords: Human-animal relationship; Mourning the loss of a pet; Ontological representation of death; Stereotypes; Antispecism

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Ines Testoni, Loriana De Cataldo, Un lutto speciale. Delegittimazioni culturali e rappresentazioni della morte nella perdita di un animale domestico in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 3/2017, pp 413-428, DOI: 10.3280/PU2017-003004