Pet Loss Grief Support Program Article on Losing a Pet

Helping someone through the loss of a pet is something many consider trivial but it is not.  It is important to treat all losses as important and to learn how to help someone through listening and acknowledgement of their grief.

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The article, ‘LOSING A PET” from the USdesk looks at how to talk and listen to someone who loses a pet.  The article refers to some helpful ways to guide someone through the loss.  The article states,

“While losing a pet is painful and overwhelming, unfortunately, it can also be a very lonely process, as community support typically associated with death is absent when a pet dies. To make matters worse, grieving owners may feel embarrassed over the extent of their own heartbreak and feel ashamed to reach out to friends for comfort.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification

 

Pet Loss Grief Counseling Certification Article on Disenfranchised Grief and Pets

Many people who suffer pet loss are left without anyone to talk to.  Many dismiss their grief.  This type of disenfranchised grief is a common problem for pet owners.  The need for good pet loss counseling is a necessary need for these individuals.

Losing an animal is a true loss. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Certification

 

 

The power and impact of pet loss is best described in the article, “Disenfranchised grief: Why pet owners aren’t allowed to mourn” by Julie Mullins looks at disenfranchised grief of pet owners who lose a pet.  The article states,

“Put simply, the human-animal bond is unique. Pet owners experience unconditional love emanating from their companion animal; without judgment, and full of complete acceptance. Many clients and staff can be heard uttering, “I like animals more than people,” as they walk around the hospital (if you haven’t heard it, maybe you have said it). Clients and staff alike refer to these animals as “fur babies.” With more and more clients living alone, these fur babies play an even more important role in their owner’s life.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional needs.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Counseling.

Pet Loss Grief Support Certification Article on Losing a Pet

Pet loss is no different than other loss but it is sometimes dismissed and downgraded.  Losing a pet is like losing family and it should be treated as such.  If someone loses a dog or cat that has been with them for years and has been their closest companion, then the loss will hurt as if a person has died.

The loss of a pet can be traumatic and life altering. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification

 

The article, “How to mourn the loss of a pet: ‘There are no rules, grief has no endpoint’” by Gemma White reviews how intense the loss of a pet can be.  She states,

“Owners can sometimes face indifference or a lack of understanding from those who may not understand the place their pet held in their lives. But whether dog, cat, horse or hamster, the loss of a pet can have a devastating effect.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Support.

Pet Loss Grief Support Certification Article on One’s Dying Dog

When we discover our dog is soon to die or will die within months, we start to prepare ourselves for that horrible day.  Anticipatory grief sets in as we await the time we dread.  We try to enjoy the good days and stretch out as much time left.

 

 

Waiting for one’s dog to let them know it is time to die is a sad journey. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification .

 

Waiting for one’s dog to let them know it is time to die is a sad journey. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification

The article, “My Dog is Dying” from “What’s Your Grief” looks at the pain and questions surrounding this period.  The article states,

“And yet I know the inevitable is coming. I find myself bracing for it every day, hypervigilant and tense. I watch his every move like a hawk. Did he eat? How much did he eat? Does it look like he’s in pain? Is that tumor bigger than it was yesterday? On his bad days I find myself mentally preparing. I’ve brought myself to tears more than once thinking about my world without him. I think about his long, happy life. I remind myself that I don’t want him to suffer.”

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Losing a pet is difficult and it can take time to recover from.  Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Support

Pet Loss Grief Support Certification Article on Home Euthanasia

Losing a pet is difficult.  The choice to put the pet down is also a difficult part of that process.  How to say goodbye and when is a sad time for pet owners.  Sometimes, letting one’s pet die at home is a nice way and is a possible service to make the pet more comfortable instead of the sad drive to the vet’s office.

Home Euthanasia for a pet is a new concept for some. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Grief Loss Support Certification

 

The article, “At-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets, owners” by Kathryn Streeter looks deeper at euthanasia at home for pets.  She states,

“This prompted a hard family conversation about quality of life. It was time, we thought, and made the heart-wrenching decision to euthanise her. But there was one bright side: We were able to do so in a way that was best for Ezzy and for us: In the privacy, comfort and, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, safety, of our home.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Support.

Pet Loss Grief Support Certification Article on Sudden Loss of a Pet

Losing a pet due to old age and natural causes is difficult but losing one to an accident is even more heartbreaking.  Like any unexpected death it can cause trauma and intense grief.  It is every pet owners greatest fear to discover an unexpected death or a pet hit by a car.

The sudden loss of a pet can be traumatic and tragic. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification

 

The article, “Coping with a pet’s accidental death — especially when you blame yourself” by Gavin Jenkins looks closer at personal stories of how others dealt with the sudden and tragic death of their pets.  He states, 

“Grieving the loss of a pet is often as painful as mourning a close friend or relative. But being responsible for and witnessing your pet’s death can add guilt, trauma and shame to the heartbreak. And as we discovered after Suzy died, this emotional toll impedes the grieving process.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Certification.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Support.

Pet Loss Grief Support Article on Coping with the Loss of a Pet

Losing a pet is difficult.  Pets are family and losing one can make anyone struggle.  This is true especially during the pandemic as individuals suffer the loss of pets.  Individuals are home more and because of this the loss of a pet can even sting more.  To many, during covid, the pet may be their only companion they see everyday.

Pets are our home life and with the pandemic they are even more part of our life than ever before. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Program

 

The article, “9 Tips for Grieving the Loss of a Pet During the Pandemic, According to a Grief Specialist” by Erin Bunch looks at how individuals can better cope with the loss of a pet.  The article states,

“And since pets tend to provide their owners with unconditional comfort and emotional support, their passing can leave a significant hole in our lives. Add this factor to the reality that many are spending more time at home with their pets than ever before due to COVID-19 safety measures, and the exacerbated sense of loss for those whose pets have died during the pandemic is much clearer.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Pet Loss Grief Support.

 

 

Pet Loss Grief Program Article on Saying Goodbye to A Pet

Saying farewell to a pet is one of the most difficult things. It involves making the decision if a pet is able to live comfortably.  It takes understanding that the terminal condition has finally become too much for the beloved pet.  It takes sacrifice to say good bye for the better good.  There is a long process in this grief process that starts from the decision and continues well after the final goodbyes.

Saying goodbye to a pet is the most difficult but sometimes most humane act. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Program

 

The article, “How to Say Goodbye to Your Pet” by Kyle Ramond Fitzpatrick looks at this difficult but humane choice of love.  He states,

“When there’s an emergency or when an animal is suffering from an incurable issue, he says, making the choice to end an animal’s life is obvious. When the situation is more nebulous, like having a senior pet, one should wait for them to “tell you” when the negatives outweigh the positives of their life.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Program.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.  Please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Pet Loss Grief Support Program Article on Disenfranchisement and Pet Loss

Pet loss is a disenfranchised loss.  This means many do not acknowledge it or give the loss or people experiencing the loss the respect and time it needs. People can be ridiculed or left behind in the grieving process because others place little value on the loss of a pet.  Common phrases such as “its just a dog” or “at least it was not a family member” and “why are you still upset over a cat” are all insensitive comments, pet owners deal with.

The loss of a pet is a real loss that needs to be acknowledged and accepted.

 

Losing a pet is a very subjective experience though.  To some, it may not be a big deal, while others it may be a life altering loss.  Whether paws or fins, feathers or scales, the loss of a pet can be small or big to certain people.  While we naturally conceive dogs, cats and horses as the most common losses, losing smaller pets can also be painful.  While these smaller pets may not be able to form the emotional bond a dog can, certain individuals still form bonds.  Maybe the fish was a last reminder of a departed spouse, or the small hamster was a gift of a departed parent.  These attached meanings to smaller animals also play roles in how a person may subjectively grieve.

Still even so, one may have a fish for years upon years and live a very lonely life.  The loss of that simple fish, albeit, it is unable to reciprocally return love, still represents a major aspect of that person’s life.  So we cannot limit loss or dismiss it.  We must acknowledge it and respect it.

Is there a chance of pathological reaction to a loss of a smaller pet that is out of touch to reality?  It is possible, but there is a chance for pathological reaction to any loss, whether human or otherwise.  So it is important to acknowledge even the smallest loss and reassess the person’s progress through it.  Normally a loss of a hamster, or fish, may take a few days or week, but again, to some, this pet may have extra intrinsic value based on the person’s subjective situation.

Obviously, the wagging of a tail and bark to greet you at home will normally have greater loss reaction.  The loss of a dog, cat or horse USUALLY affects a person longer than a loss of a small pet, as a fish, or hamster.  These losses have a more reciprocal bond because of the animal’s higher intelligence.  AGAIN, this does not mean we can assume based on reciprocity of love and intelligence of an animal that a loss will be less or more, but it does give one a general consensus that most individuals will grieve the loss of these pets more than a smaller creature of less intelligence and emotional capacity to bond with a person.

A loss of a cat, dog or horse can be as painful as losing a family member for some.  A lonely old person may grieve the loss of a cat more than a family member he never sees.  A family may grieve the loss of a family dog that played a part in all activities.  These are not just mere animals but beloved friends and family that may not be human but beloved nonetheless.  Many see these pets as their children and the loss can hurt as much as losing a child.

To some, the loss of a pet is like losing family. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Support Program

 

Grief Counselors need to teach and educate that pet loss is a real loss.  They need to help others and show sympathy to those who will not receive it from others over the loss.  They need to acknowledge the loss of their clients pet loss and help them cope through it.  These losses are not to be minimized or lessened or ignored, but to be acknowledged and accepted as true and impactful losses

If you would like to learn more about Pet Loss then please review AICHP’S Pet Loss Grief Support Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals.

 

Pet Loss Grief Counseling Article on Pet Death and Farewell

Saying farewell to a pet is a difficult thing.  It is a painful moment when you finally say goodbye to a loved one.  In saying farewell, it should be done like anyone else we love.  Rituals and traditions can help ease the pain.

Saying farewell to a pet is a critical part of the grieving process. Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Counseling Program

 

The article, “How to farewell your pet if you can’t be there when they die” by Rachel Edwards discusses how one can ease the pain of losing a pet through ritual and tradition.  She states,

“Linda Michie is a registered counsellor for people experiencing the gamut of life — including the death of pets.  She says many people feel guilty if they are not able to be with their pets at the end, thinking they should be there right to the last moment.  “I remind them that they gave their pets such a great life and that without great love there is no great loss,” she says.  Linda works with people to find a solution to not being able to be present for a pet’s death. These are her suggestions.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Pet Loss Grief Counseling Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.