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> So Many Ways To Lose An Animal Companion
post May 21 2011, 09:19 PM
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Group: Pet Lovers
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Hi everyone,

My name is Natalie Rochester and I lost my kitty almost 2 years ago to bone cancer. She was my daughter with fur - her loss was so so difficult for me. It happened half way through my master's education when I was supposed to come up with a topic for my thesis. I had no idea what I wanted to invest hundreds of hours over the next year + researching until I went through this loss. It was the response I received from others - colleagues, friends, husband, etc - that inspired me to study the true affect of pet loss on the bereaved. So many didn't see my loss as a "real" loss worthy of deep pain. It is a real loss though - just as much as any other loss. Researching this topic proved to be cathartic for me, so I want to share my study with you all. Maybe it can do the same for you.

So, here is the statement I have to use:

I am a master’s student from Texas Woman’s University conducting a study for my thesis. The purpose of the study is to explore the relationship between types of pet loss, attachment, and grief.

You are invited to participate in this study if you are an owner of a pet that you have lost (death or non-death) within the last 3 years. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. Your pet loss may consist of any type of loss – death, runaway, stolen, adoption, etc. The lost pet must have been owned by you or is a family pet. This study was approved by TWU Institutional Review Board. Participation in this study is voluntary and may be ended at any time without penalty. There is a potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all email, downloading, and internet transactions. To participate in the study, please go to: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=140556. This study is estimated to take 15 minutes.

If you have any questions or concerns about this study please contact Natalie Rochester at nrochester@mail.twu.edu. Your participation is important and much appreciated. Thank you.
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