If you would like to learn more about animal emotions, the book Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves
is an enjoyable overview. To watch a short video showing wild elephants responding to the body of a matriarch, and a discussion of whether their behaviors are based in emotion, go here
. For a full focus on animal grief and the love from which it emerges, check out this TED talk
. If you’re interested in exploring more about the ethics of how we related to animals, the book Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in the Wild and Captivity
explores opportunities to help animals in our daily lives. Organizations like Phoenix Zones Initiatives
and We Animals Media
offer excellent resources to explore as well in the arena of animal-human ethics.