本研究的動機來自於研究者照顧患病寵物的自身經驗，進而引發飼主經歷寵物患病末期且死亡的心理調適歷程的探問。 本研究訪談三位經歷過寵物患病末期經驗的受訪者，透過詮釋現象學方法來探究經驗內容與意義，並深層理解這真實的經驗及所帶來的影響。在資料蒐集部分採「半結構深度訪談」獲取文本，繼以「主題分析法」進行資料的整理和分析。 研究結果部分，站在我與受訪者互為主體的平台上，根據全部文本資料，共萃取出經歷寵物患病末期照顧經驗的五個共同主題，分別為：（一）、情感親密如家人，相伴情深義非凡；（二）、病痛耗損牠健康，付出所能不離棄；（三）、難敵病魔終撒手，不捨哀傷滿心頭；（四）、感謝一路的相伴，回憶過往笑與淚；（五）、過往哀傷漸逝去，感念給予新領悟。依上述抽取出的五個主題說明與詮釋寵物患病末期且死亡對受訪者產生的心理衝擊，體悟經歷此一經驗後所帶來的省思與新意義。 最後依據上述的主題分析結果，提供對寵物患病且死亡經驗的再理解觀點。
This study, which was originated from the researcher's personal experience, aims at exploring how pet owners recover from psychological trauma after suffering their sick pet’s dying duration and death. Three participants, who looked after their sick pets in dying duration, were participated in the study. The contents and means of the pet owners’ experience were conducted by hermeneutic phenomenology methods, to thoroughly comprehend the effects of such experience. Data were collected through semistructured interviews process, and analyzed by thematic analysis method. Base on the inter-subjective principle, the study of knowing pet owners’ experience of taking care severely sick pets is concluded from five themes: 1.Pets are a part of the family to share love deeply and significantly with family members. 2.Pet owner had tried the best to sustain the pet’s life, but the pet’s condition was getting worse, leaving pet owners’ actions meaningless and useless. 3.When the pet owner started perceiving, realizing and facing the illness was incurable, the pet owner prepared to accept the truth with pain and sorrow. 4.The good old time memories with the pet leads the pet owner to thank the pet for days the pet being with. 5.Time would eventually ease the pet owner and relieve their pain and sadness of losing their pet, in turn, giving the pet owner a fresh new viewpoint and interpretation toward life. The five perspectives of the study explains and describes the impacts on interviewees’ mind during they took care of their sick pets in critical condition of illness, and probe the introspections and new meanings of life by undergoing the experience. In the end, the study also indicates or provides a re-understanding point to comprehend the experience of pet owners who took care of their sick pets in dying duration.