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Pet Loss FAQ

"Grief is so painfully real, regardless of its origin. The love of, and attachment to, an animal friend can equal that of human relationships. Likewise, the loss of an animal can be just as devastating.”

Rev. Joel L. Morgan.

  • What are your qualifications?
    I am a fully qualified person centred counsellor and registered member of the BACP. I underwent extensive training over three years which included a clinical placement and hour requirement. As a member of the BACP I follow their ethical framework, have monthly supervision and take part in regular CPD. My research dissertation which was awarded a distinction looked specifically at pet loss and the role of counselling to support a person through their grief. I continue to learn, research and I am working towards further qualifications relating to the loss of a companion animal. I am a registered member of the association of pet bereavement counsellors. I have studied grief and bereavement extensively and have a lot of experience working with clients in their grief.
  • How soon after the loss can I contact you for counselling?
    You can make contact with me whenever you feel ready. However, during the initial days and weeks following your loss, it's common to experience intense emotions, shock, and even denial. This period marks the early stages of the grieving process. Many people find it helpful to wait a couple of weeks before seeking support, as they may feel more prepared to discuss and share their feelings and emotions at that time.
  • What can I expect from our sessions together?
    Our sessions provide a safe and supportive space for you to process your feelings of grief and loss after the passing of your beloved pet. During these sessions, we will work together to explore and understand the unique bond you shared with your pet, as well as the impact of their absence on your daily life. I can help you navigate the complex emotions that come with pet loss, offering guidance and coping strategies to support you through this difficult time. I provide a non-judgmental environment where you can express your feelings openly and freely, and I will tailor my approach to meet your individual needs and preferences. Our sessions are centered around empathy, understanding, and healing, and I am committed to walking alongside you as you journey through the process of grieving the loss of your pet.
  • Do you have experience of your own pet loss?
    Yes, I have have experienced my own pet loss. I understand the deep sense of grief and emotional pain that comes with losing a beloved pet. My personal experiences influence the way I provide support and guidance to you during your difficult time. I understand the unique bond between humans and their pets and I am committed to helping individuals navigate their grief in a healthy and healing manner. My personal experiences allow me to offer genuine empathy and understanding to you. I am here to provide a safe space for you to express your emotions and process your grief in a healthy way.
  • What can I share in the session? What type of questions do people ask?
    As a person centred counsellor the sessions are always about you. I will never direct or push you, I will be there with you, move and stay close to what you are experiencing. You will have a space to expresss your emotions and feelings. You may be feeling guilt over the decision to euthanise and that can be explored within the room. You may feel responsible and struggling to forgive yourself. The loss may have been traumatic and you may need to process that. Suddenly you may be alone and struggling with the lack of your routine, the missing presence of your companion in your home. We can explore all of that and whatever else that is causing you discomfort and difficulties. Often other things come up that you were not expecting, I am fully qualified and able to support you with that. There are often times though that people have questions such as: What does the process of euthanasia involve? Where can I bury my companion animal? What about my other animals, will they be affected too from the loss? How do I tell my children? When do I get my pet's ashes back, what can I expect?
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