We really don't need more data to know other animals grieve and mourn the loss of family and friends and I'm sure as time goes on more and more species will be added to the list of animals who grieve. But for those who do want more, a book called Animal Grief: How Animals Mourn was recently published that contains new information on how a wide variety of animals respond to death. Accompanied by striking photographs of a wide range of animals is a text filled with new information about animal grief. Topics covered include animal souls, self-awareness, the neurobiology of grief and mourning, mourning rituals, stages of grief, and numerous examples of grief in a wide variety of animals, including elephants, chimpanzees, cats, dogs, and various birds. A large amount of information is packed in its 80 pages and it's an easy read. - --Marc Bekoff - Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
There's a lot of evidence to suggest that dogs suffer from grief as much as humans. 'Animal Grief: How Animals Mourn' by David Alderton will appeal to anyone interested in how animals grieve after losing someone close. As well as discussing the subject of animal grief and looking at the latest scientific evidence, the book focuses on how different types of animal, including those in the wild and pets, may mourn. --Your Dog
…a good read for anyone interested in trying to really understand their pets rather than just wanting to project human characteristics on to them.' --Pet Owners Association
An appealing read for anyone who enjoys the beauty of the natural world.' --The Burton Mail
Science is now providing some remarkable insights into animal behaviour, with crocodiles, for example, emerging as devoted parents, and elephants – like whales – able to communicate with each other across long distances by ultrasound, which is inaudible to our ears. There seems little doubt that animals experience a range of emotions, just as we do; but can they grieve, too ...?
Evidence exists that, indeed, they can: in addition, David Alderton – award-winning, multi-million specialist animal author – contends that emotions – including grief – can potentially have a survival value for a species.
The authoritative, rational text is superbly supported by interesting, sensitive photographs carefully chosen to be reflective of the subject matter.