This track will entertain presentations and posters on the topics of grief and bereavement regarding issues of animal loss. Programs of research, programmatic innovations accompanied by evaluation data, and theoretical perspective papers grounded in scholarly literature review are encouraged.

Topics could include but are not limited to:

•Animal Loss among the Seriously and Persistently mentally ill

•The link between human and animal loss

•Treatment protocols for animal loss

•Programmatic approaches for addressing animal loss in human agencies

•Human bereavement regarding animal loss in animal related agencies

•Loss of service animals

•Cultural differences in animal loss

•Human bereavement from animal loss in non-traditional “companion animals" and/or in farming


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