"When you love deeply, you will grieve deeply"
Pets are a source of comfort and companionship, of unconditional love and acceptance, of fun and joy. Some people may not understand the strong bonds that develop between pets and their owners, and the grief that can be experienced upon the loss of a pet. Grief is a process of physical, emotional, social and cognitive reactions to loss. Each person's grief experience is unique and is influenced by our coping style and strategies, our relationship with the deceased, our loss history, our internal and social resources, and other emotional demands we are facing in our lives at the time of the loss. Many pet owners grieve in isolation, which can complicate grief recovery, and increase the risk of depression. Losing a pet can be as traumatic as the loss of any other relationship. One does not just lose a pet; one loses a loving friend, companion, and a family member. The loss of a pet may also give rise to unfinished grieving from past losses, human or pet. Grief is a natural process that helps you to adjust to a significant loss.
Children develop strong attachments to pets, and relate to them as siblings, confidants, and loving companions. The loss of a pet is often the first experience of death for a child, and can provide opportunities for teaching and guidance regarding loss and grieving. Supporting children at the time of a pet loss can assist them in coping with future losses, and lower the risk of emotional or mental health difficulties associated with loss experiences. Grief counselling and consultation is available to children and their families.
Pet Loss Bereavement Counselling Services is designed to optimize the healing process for each individual client. Most clients can be assisted by a short term counselling approach. A counselling plan will be developed in consultation with each client. At the request of the client, a range of other personal concerns may also be addressed, including anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship conflicts, trauma recovery, and other loss issues.
Consultation to veterinary staff and mental health professionals also available.
WHEN YOU MAY CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL HELP:
Complimentary Initial Consultation Session (1/2 Hour)
Flexible Payment Plan available
Counselling Services may be covered by some insurance plans (group employee benefits) and by some Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
Consultation and Workshop Fees based on time and work requirements
**Please note: Pet Loss Bereavement Counselling does not offer legal or veterinary advice**