Are you having a difficult
getting through the loss of a pet?
The loss of a beloved pet can result in profound grief
and sadness. The more attached we are to our pet, the deeper our
grief. Unfortunately, people who have never felt a deep attachment
to a pet may not understand how painful it can be to those who have
felt such an attachment, and may make insensitive albeit well-meant
comments such as...
"He was just a dog
You can get another."
well meaning therapists can fail to properly support their clients
who have lost a pet. These comments suggest that we should not feel
badly about our loss, and encourage us to avoid our feelings, often
making things worse rather than better.
It is perfectly
normal for you to feel grief and loss when a pet dies,
regardless of what others may say
I have extensive experience in helping people through the loss of a pet, and I conducted pet loss support groups in Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs for over 16 years. If you or someone you know needs extra help with the loss of a pet through individual therapy, I can help. For information about Pet Loss Support Group meetings in Colorado Springs, please call Dana Durrance at (719)648-3161, or Homeward Bound at (719)636-1036.
Links to pet loss support
Interested in learning more about coping
with the loss of a pet, support groups available, or suggestions
on helping a friend who is mourning the loss of a pet? Following
are a few links to websites dedicated to helping you or a friend
throught the process.
State-by-State Guide to Support Groups, Counselors & Pet Cemeteries
"Here to support, assist and inform pet owners who are anticipating
or grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal"
Helping Friends Who Are Mourning , Grief Management in Children
, Pet Loss Resources, Suggestions for Coping with Pet Loss
A compassionate non-profit organization dedicated to helping people
during this very special kind of bereavement.
Making the emotional support of people as much a priority as the
medical care of pets