Most of us who have pets regard them as vital and much-loved members of our family. To us, they are individuals who provide us with unconditional love and affection, support in our times of sadness or stress and companionship when we are feeling lonely or lost. Their ability to be playful and live in the moment can also enhance the moments of joy and pleasure in our lives.
In their all-too-brief existence, pets can have a powerful impact on our lives so it is not surprising that the loss of a pet can sometimes leave us feeling bereft and grief-stricken – particularly if it has happened unexpectedly or in traumatic circumstances.
Grief for a pet is no less valid than grief for a close family member, but is not always respected or understood by others, resulting in us feeling more isolated and vulnerable, struggling to cope with painful feelings but worried about disclosing them to other people.
This can leave us without an outlet for the sometimes overwhelming sadness, and result in an unhealthy response such as feeling guilty, depressed, ashamed, or simply trying to repress the emotion altogether.
As a trained bereavement counsellor and life-long pet lover, I can empathise with the pain of your loss and support you in coping with it. I will help you to find healthy ways of mourning the death of your pet, celebrating his/her life, reflecting on the story of your relationship and creating a positive legacy for his/her memory. I am happy to discuss a bespoke package of pet bereavement sessions to meet your particular needs.
The images on this web-site are illustrative of client sessions but do not depict actual clients, whose confidentially is of the utmost importance to me. Thanks to Craig Stone Photography for his stunning photos.