If you are bereaved from the death or loss of a cherished animal this website hopes to offer some support …
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Pet bereavement support
Pet bereavement support
Over time, from talking with people who are grieving the loss of their animal beings, I have come to realise that what most people want is a friendly voice/face, or someone that they can email or message to talk about how they are feeling, and about what has happened.
I have also found that it has helped when I have mentioned things about my own experience of our animals being ill, and grieving the death of the animals that our family has lost.
In the past I have offered counselling for pet bereavement, but have found that most people do not want to have actual ‘counselling’ when grieving the loss of an animal – they want to have more of a chat, to talk about the depth of how they are feeling, the emotions they feel, what happened, how things might have/could have been different, what happened at the vets, what medication was used or not used.
What I offer is more of a conversation, giving you time to talk through what has happened and how you are feeling, and offering parts of my own stories, what was or wasn’t done, if relevant or helpful – I think we can sometimes find it comforting if something difficult has happened in our lives and we can talk to someone who has an idea of what we are talking about, and has some sort of similar experience.
As a result, what I offer is pet bereavement support – support via the words on this website, and also via a chat. I have put my mobile number on this website in case you want to ring me to reach out to someone and have a chat about it all. I do not charge for this, but may have to limit our conversation to an hour otherwise I might be on the phone all the time …
Aside from the support that I offer with chatting etc … the support that I try to offer with this website is solidarity – a shared understanding that feeling intense grief for the death of an animal is a normal human response to the loss of a loved one, whether they be animal or human, and that mourning is a natural response to the death of a being whom we have dearly loved, and whom has shared our life with us.
I have tried to bring together details of agencies, books and press articles that may give some comfort, along with my own experience of grieving.
Mourning the death of an animal is something that most of us will find that we will have to do alone, because unfortunately, most of will find that most people around us won’t take grief over the death of a pet seriously.
Other means of support
There are quite a few websites in the UK, and also from other countries, supporting pet bereavement, that is, supporting people with the death of their pet – increasingly referred to these days as ‘companion animal’. I have listed quite a few of these, which can be found by clicking the link below.
There are also quite a few books about grieving the death of an animal, and a handful of newspaper articles which also cover pet bereavement. I have listed many of the books, and most of the recent articles from major newspapers – which can found by clicking the second link below.
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