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The book of  the course to get a concept or term from is The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying
11th EditionBy Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland and Jeanette M. Potts and Marion MasonHSL 4820 Critical Reflection Extra Credit
Loss of a Pet

This extra credit critical reflection paper is worth a potential 10 points and is due on the date listed on the dropbox. For this assignment you must read the two journal articles on pet loss (attached to the dropbox), and then write your reflection.
You are required to integrate
one term or concept from the course into your reflection (correctly citing the textbook or powerpoint lecture where it came from). You are also required to clearly integrate both readings about pet loss into your paper.

Please address the following questions/prompts in your essay. The reflection paper should be 1-2 pages long (without your reference page) and be proof-read and spell-checked. Your reference page must be in correct APA format.


1) What did you learn from the research studies about pet loss and grief that you did not know about before?
2) Which of the twelve continuing bond expressions did you (or do you still) use to maintain a connection to your deceased pet?
3) How did learning about continuing bonds and pet loss help you better comprehend your own grief related to pet loss?

What Is Critical Reflection?

“Critical reflection is a ‘meaning-making process’ that helps us set goals, use what we’ve learned in the past to inform future action and consider the real-life implications of our thinking. It is the link between thinking and doing, and at its best, it can be transformative (Dewey, 1916/1944; Schön, 1983; Rodgers, 2002). Without reflection, experience alone might cause us to ‘reinforce stereotypes…, offer simplistic solutions to complex problems and generalize inaccurately based on limited data’ (Ash & Clayton, 2009, p.26).”
– University of Waterloo, Center for Teaching Excellence

For this course, you will be writing several critical reflections. This is not simply a quick paper where you rattle of what you “think” or “feel” about something you read. It’s purpose is to engage your higher order thinking skills such as those bracketed in the diagram below.

The purpose of this handout is to orient your thinking toward writing a reflection that really carefully considers the topic you are writing about and the readings you have done
Each critical reflection assignment for the course will include question prompts for you to address in your paper. You are expected to respond to each prompt given to you as part of the assignment.

2017, VOL. 13, NO. 4, 215–218

Grieving the Loss of a Pet Needs the Health System
Bidhu K. Mohanti

Department of Radiation Oncology, FORTIS Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Globally there is increased presence of pets in the households.
This non-human relationship, with its dimensions of physical
and emotional bonds, can get severely jolted on the death of
the companion animal. It sets a feeling, ‘our life is now left with
a void and the house feels utterly empty’. Unlike the loss of a
child, spouse or parent which become a shared tragedy; others
may not understand the depth of sadness and a sense of void in
a grieving pet owner. Emotional pain and physical distress due
to the loss of a companion animal are likely to be pronounced.
A big challenge for the medical community is to anticipate,
identify and address physical and psychosocial symptom
burdens in a timely manner.

Grief; medical attention;
non-human relationship; pet
loss; symptom burden

Personal narrative

For several months now, a friend of mine, who lives in Hertfordshire County
in UK between London and Cambridge, is in profound grief after the loss of
his pet dog named Raja. During a few short visits in the last few years, I had
strolled with both of them in the greens of the English countryside. My friend
is a psychiatrist and a painter. He sent a small note to a few of his close friends
with a painting of Raja, “His name was quite apt, as he really lived like a king.
He was probably the only dog in the village, who roamed in public places
without a lead. We were so fortunate to have him for 11 years, three months
and eleven days. After a brief illness, while playing with the ball in the park he
suddenly collapsed and died. Our life is now left with a void and the house
feels utterly empty. For he was more than a child to us; unlike the children,
he never grew up!” (Figure 1).

This brought back the memories of two family tragedies which struck
within 1 week, 20 years ago. Father was a police officer and we always had
dogs and other pets in the house. In our house at Cuttack, India, we had
an open courtyard and a water well, and my father steadfastly opposed the
idea of closing these immovable assets for the sake of modernizing the layout.

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CONTACT Prof. Bidhu K. Mohanti [email protected]; [email protected]
Department of Radiation Oncology, FORTIS Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Sector 44, IN front HUDA Centre

Metro Stn., Gurgaon 122002, Haryana, India.
© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC



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