november, 2021

02nov10:4511:15R Harris: Companioning the Companions10:45 - 11:15 Studio 1Event type:PresentationTopic:Other-than-human


(Tuesday) 10:45 - 11:15


Studio 1

Event Details

Racheal Harris: Companioning the companions: giving companion animals a good death

This paper interrogates how humans grieve the loss of our companion animals, both during end of life care and after their death, and questions how we might do this differently. Drawing upon on- going research into end of life care, animal preservation, and memorialisation, it explores what a good death means (and might look like) for companion animals and their humans. In doing so, and with an emphasis on the importance of creative outputs, it anticipates new ways in which we might embrace death and the mourning experience as it relates to pets.

Speakers for this event

  • Racheal Harris

    Racheal Harris

    Racheal Harris is a current PhD student with Deakin University (Australia). Her research is focused on the afterlives of companion animals and looks at the ways in which relationships between animals and their human caretakers are perpetuated after the death of the animal. In 2019 she published a monograph as part of the Emerald Death & Culture series. Titled Skin, Meaning, and Symbolism in Pet Memorials, it considers contemporary death practices related to mourning and memorializing companion animals. Racheal has worked as a medium and animal communicator, and is also an end of life doula specialising in end of life care for companion animals.



    • Day 1
    • 31/10/2021
    • 16.00 Opening day events16.00 - 21.00Opening day events including keynotesSpeakers: Bayo Akomolafe, Beatrice Allegranti