GRIEF COUNSELING & HEALING THE HEART

Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one are aware that those words carry a far different meaning. For us, life after death begins the moment our loved one takes their last breath.

With that last breath, we are thrown into a world and a life that is unimaginable to us. Our world is turned upside down and our life changes in ways that are difficult to understand. We are filled with a pain that we believe will be with us forever. We are confused, overwhelmed, wracked in grief and convinced that life can never be good again. We come here and listen to people who have started to heal, and think that maybe our love was different, that maybe we loved more than most. Our beloved pets have brought us so much joy throughout the years that mourning that loss is healthy and natural, and in time your heart will heal and you will love like that again.

You may be filled with questions, anger, sadness, emptiness, embarassment or other emotions. Mourning the loss of a pet is perfectly healthy and normal, just as mourning the loss of a friend of loved one.

If you would like to schedule a counseling session with Cathy or Diane, or if you just need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Phone Counseling

  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National Pet Loss Hotline. You can access 24/7 services of a psychologist specialized in grief counseling by calling 217-337-9773.
  • www.avma.org/reference/hotlines.asp: Includes a list of phone counseling services through The American Veterinary Medical Association colleges, most with limited hours.
  • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine support line. 
    Monday-Friday 9am – 6pm.
    (865)755-8839
  • Pet Loss Support Hotline
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Cornell University
    (607) 253-3932
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    6-9pm EST

Counseling Referrals

  • Petloss.com lists pet loss counselors by state as well as support groups, hotlines, and cemeteries/crematories
  • The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement lists pet loss counselors by state that have received a Certificate of Training in Pet Loss and Bereavement, a 10 hour course and exam under the direction of a psychologist.
  • The Psychology Today site has a search category for loss and grief, and the profile will tell you how much this is considered the counselor's specialty.

  On-line Support

  • Through the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement, professionally trained volunteers host chat rooms under the direction of a psychologist.
  • Petloss.com, a safe, monitored message board and chatroom available throughout the week, but most active during Monday evening candle ceremony (10 PM Eastern)