When a cherished pet passes away, it often causes an overwhelming feeling of sadness and heartbreak for the whole family. Grief is the very natural response to the loss of a significant person or thing from our life. The length of time is different for everyone as they move through the process and there is no right or wrong way of doing it.
It is normal to experience a wide range of feelings when you are grieving such as sadness, guilt, anger, denial, depression and more. The process of grieving for a pet is no different than mourning the death of a human being. The difference lies in the value that is placed on your pet by your family and by society as a whole. It is important not to fault anyone who cannot appreciate the depth of your grief for a pet. The joy found in the companionship of a pet is a blessing not given to everyone.
It is important that you are able to recognise and acknowledge when you may require additional or professional help to deal with your grief. We are committed to training our staff in all areas of grief counselling, with the vision of providing the highest support and care.
While some people may be openly expressive, it is important to acknowledge other serious forms of grief which can include:
Pets Eternal now offer professional in house grief counselling. The first session to our clients is completely free of charge for up to thirty minutes and can be offered either over the telephone or in person at our office. These sessions aim to:
For anyone who then needs ongoing professional advice and/or counselling, with regard to the loss of their pet, People and Pets have qualified counsellors who can provide a secure and compassionate environment in which you are able to share and work through your distress – and express not just your pain but what this loss means to you.
For more information on this service please call us on 07 3200 0121 or contact People and Pets on 1300 431 450