Losing a beloved pet can be a devastating, overwhelming and isolating experience. Many people are surprised, worried, or even scared by the intensity of their grief. Some may wonder if there is something wrong with them or if their reactions are “normal”. They may feel uncomfortable sharing the intensity of their feelings with loved ones, or they may find that family, friends and co-workers don’t know what to say or how to support them. Others may find themselves faced with feelings about previous losses, or struggling to cope in the midst of other life challenges. To make matters worse, the special being that they would turn to, they no longer have for unconditional love and support. Those who have been fortunate enough to have this special bond with their pet, can find it helpful to talk with others who are grieving or have navigated similar circumstances.
The people who attend our Pet Loss Support Group come from a variety of backgrounds; different ages, genders, ethnicities, religious and spiritual beliefs. Some group members have lost their pet suddenly or unexpectedly, while others were long-term caregivers and watched their pet decline. Some had their pet for a brief time, others for many years or even decades. Through these differences, there is a commonality that all group members share. Each person is heartbroken, loves their pet dearly, and is navigating the void left from losing him or her. People who attend group have found that even though each person’s loss is unique, there are common experiences that they share, and that ultimately - they are not alone. Seeing how others heal in their grief journey also offers hope for the future.
Our Pet Loss Support Group provides:
~ A safe, compassionate and empathetic space
~ An environment to share grief reactions and validation for unique experiences
~ Exploration of unanswered questions and meaning-making of your loss
~ Information about the grief process, coping skills and self-care
~ Opportunities to discover personal growth and transformation
~ Discussion and sharing of memorial and ritual ideas to honor your pet’s life
~ Finding an enduring connection with your pet while moving forward
If you are interested in attending our Pet Loss Support Group, it is offered every Thursday from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at Summit Veterinary Referral Center. It is open to clients and the community and there is no registration or fee to attend. For more information, please contact Rachel Wright at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.983.1114
Take Good Care ~
Rachel Wright, MSW, LSWAIC, CDP
Veterinary Social Worker