Colombo, Matteo (2016) Animal grieving and human mourning. Animal Sentience. 4(10)
Barbara J. King, Animal mourning: Précis of How animals grieve (King 2013)
King’s How animals grieve beautifully describes several ways in which animals and humans show a similar capacity for grief. Yet this book does not sufficiently emphasise the language-empowered capacity to objectify thinking and sentiments about death, which makes human mourning unique. Here I put this capacity into focus and relate it to the social-normative aspect of human mourning that seems to be missing in other animals.