ERIC Number: EJ1087105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Religion and Pet Loss: Afterlife Beliefs, Religious Coping, Prayer and Their Associations with Sorrow
Lee, Sherman A.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v44 n1 p123-129 2016
This study examined the relationship between religion and sorrow among a sample of 219 owners of deceased pets (the sample was predominantly comprised of white, female, educated Christians). The results indicated that the vast majority of the participants believed that their pets' souls reside in a better place and that they will reunite with them in the afterlife. A sizeable percentage also engaged in positive religious coping and afterlife prayers to deal with their loss. A smaller, but significant percentage engaged in negative forms of religious coping. The results also showed that sorrow was correlated with education, gender, attachment, afterlife prayers and negative religious coping. However, gender and prayer did not predict sorrow when the other variables were taken into account. Implications for counsellors are discussed.
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Christianity, Animals, Death, Grief, Beliefs, Coping, Correlation, Educational Attainment, Whites, Females, Predictor Variables, Well Being, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Multiple Regression Analysis, Counseling, Counselor Role, Multivariate Analysis
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