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How animals grieve

"How Animals Grieve" by Barbara J. King

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Barbara J. King's new book "How Animals Grieve" explores the depths of animal emotion and the fascinating question of how animals express the loss of an offspring, partner or family member. King explores the connections animals feel to one another and how they come into play during a time of loss. 

King brings her anthropological training to answer the question of how animals, both wild and in captivity, feel and express emotion and draw parallels between the human experience of grief and that of the animal kingdom. Animals in mourning frequently exhibit some of the same behaviors humans do, a sign that our emotional pain is not unique.  

What could animal grief tell us about our own healing processes? What do rituals of mourning look like in other species? 


Barbara J. King, professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary