Complimentary Grief Counseling
Overcoming Loss and Grief
- Plan one activity for each day – even if it’s just getting dressed and going for a walk.
- Maintain a routine. Familiarity creates a sense of security.
- Eat healthy foods and avoid depressants such as alcohol.
- Write your feelings in a journal.
- Volunteer with animals at a local shelter.
- Foster pets for an animal rescue.
- Create a personal memorial for your pet.
The Normalisation of the Grief Process
- Ask for support. Talking with family and friends or to a grief counsellor can be very beneficial in helping you to live day to day with your loss. At Passing Paws we host free empathy sessions facilitated by an experienced and professional pet grief counsellor. It is crucial that pet owners are given the right support at this difficult time, and we are committed to being there through the whole journey, not just the beginning.
- Allow time for grieving. Taking time off work for the death of a pet is much more acceptable these days than it used to be. Your colleagues are much more likely to understand the impact of the loss of a beloved pet. Some people cope better with their loss by going to work and trying to take their mind off it. Do what you need to do.
- Don’t feel pressured. Before long, well-meaning people will be asking when you’ll get a new pet? Only you can decide if and when you’re ready to take home a new bundle of fur and start again. But if you do, it doesn’t mean that you are being disloyal to your pet who has passed. If your home and your heart are open to the pitter-patter of paws in your home again, then starting a new chapter of love may indeed help with the healing process.
- Shock and disbelief
- Physical pain
If you don’t feel comfortable expressing your feelings to a friend or family member, a professional pet grief counsellor will be able to provide you with support and guidance to make the sorrow of losing your beloved pet a little less painful.
At Passing Paws we host regular Empathy Sessions where you will be able to share your grief in a supportive and understanding environment. It is crucial that pet owners are given the right support at this difficult time, and Passing Paws are committed to being there through the whole journey, not just the beginning.
Speak to our caring team today about special requirements for your pet.
Passing Paws is an accredited member of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA). The ICCFA allows members to recognise that we have special obligations to the families, vet hospitals and public that we serve.
Within this association, we pledge to care for the remains of those pets entrusted to us with dignity, respect and professional skill.
Helping Children Understand
EuthanasiaThere are no rules when it comes to deciding whether or not your children should be in attendance when you say your final goodbyes to your pet. If your child does decide to stay, let them know that they can leave at any time. Perhaps arrange for someone to be with themso that they are not alone and so that your personal involvement in your pet’s passing is not interrupted.
Supporting your child’s grieving process.It’s true that children are very resilient and can resolve their grief and often bounce back more quickly than adults. However this does not lessen the initial impact of losing a furry friend. Depending on their age and experience, a child may not understand the concept of death and what it means. The passing of their pet may be their first experience with a personal loss.
Avenues of Support
Pet EdenTracey Woods, Pet Loss Bereavement Counsellor
0410 411 714
In The PinkLara Casanova
Life coach and professional counsellor specialising in grief and loss.
Books available at https://www.lifeinthepink.com.au/books/
Loss, Love and Lessons - Healing Pet Loss and Grief
Relationships AustraliaGrief and Loss support services - Western Australia