Publication Date

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)



First Advisor

Ruth K. Rosenblum


Pet Grieving, Loss, Pet bereavement, the grieving process, workplace grief, self-compassion, disenfranchised grief


The impact that companion animals have on human lives has been explored in many aspects including therapy and emotional support. In some cases, these types of pets have been deemed necessary for pet owners with medical problems. However, pets are not only a medical necessity for some humans, but they are also companions, and most are included as family members. The loss of a pet often brings on intense grief that is not often acknowledged in the workforce. Bereavement leave for immediate family members is a benefit offered to employees, and as we will read in this literature review pet owners grieve the loss of a pet even more so than a human family. It would only make sense to include pets in this policy. Companies that include this benefit have improved employee morale, retention rates, company loyalty, and less stress. (Shutan, 2017)