Pet Loss Support
Grieving the death of your beloved pet can be as difficult and pouring the loss of a family member or friend. As difficult and unexpected as it can be, it's important to take the time to feel these emotions.
Our Certified Pet Bereavement Counselor, Brenda Nash is equipped with resources to help you mourn the loss of your companion.
How Our Pet Loss Grief Support Group Can Help
It would be our privilege to support you in your time of grief after losing a pet. Our grief counseling services will allow you to process the depths of your loss and offer tools for healthy mourning techniques. We provide support and guidance in the following areas:
We will help you take care of yourself during this difficult time.
Although it can be difficult to face, it's important to give yourself time to mourn. You might think that suppressing your emotions will help keep up appearances, but your friends and family will understand that you need time to process your grief.
Be kind and gentle to yourself, and remember that sadness is not a weakness, but a part of life. Suppressing your feelings will only increase stress, anxiety, and anger in the long run.
We will help you find a way to honor your lost loved one.
Finding a way to honor your departed pet is an important part of the healing process. Memorializing your pet can help bring you closure, and provide a sweet reminder of all the good times.
Did your pet have a beloved toy? A personalized collar or a favorite spot to curl up? Reflect on these details and take the time to create a little memorial just for them.
Communicating with Children
We will help you talk to your kids about grief and loss.
While it may seem kindest to lie to your children about the death of your pet, consider it an opportunity to teach them a valuable lesson about mortality and the grieving process.
Pet loss can show your children what your family does when something sad happens, and that grief and loss are normal parts of life. They can and should grieve, but it's also okay to eventually move on and feel happy again.
We will help you talk to friends and family about your loss.
You may encounter people who are insensitive to your loss because they don't understand it. They may diminish how you feel (intentionally or not) and suggest you should "just get a new pet".
We will help you navigate conversations about your loss with the people in your life, and give you tools to politely but firmly insist on your right to process your loss in your own way.