Pet Bereavement Support
Here you will find a selection of useful information and links to external bereavement sites that can help you in your time of need.
Pets are part of our family and the sense of loss we all go through cannot be underestimated
It is perfectly natural to grieve after the loss of a pet. They are a part of our family and are often there for us when humans aren’t. Be kind to yourself and seek help if you need it. The following resources will assist you understand the grief process and how you can help yourself or receive help from others.
Would it help to talk? The Pet Bereavement Support Service offers confidential telephone and email support for pet owners. Emotional support and practical information is provided by trained support line volunteers. The service is run by The Blue Cross and is a member of The Helplines Association and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Call: 0800 096 6606
Need to talk to someone? Paws to Listen grief support service from Cats Protections is a free and confidential phone line for when you are experiencing pet-related grief. Call them on 0800 024 94 94 and talk to one of their trained volunteer listeners. While they are unable to offer counselling, they can provide you with a sympathetic ear at a difficult time. The line is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
Call: 0800 024 94 94
The Ralph site has got lots of useful information on euthanasia, pet loss and much more to help you following the death of a pet. It was set up by vet Shailen Jasani (MA VetMB MRCVS DipACVECC) in July 2011 after the loss of his beloved cat, Ralph, following a motor vehicle accident in November 2010. The site is dedicated to all the animals that have touched and continue to touch the hearts of so many people.
Many people do not realise how traumatic and confusing death can be on a child. Although children tend to grieve for shorter periods of time, their grief is no less intense than that experienced by adults. Children also tend to comeback to the subject repeatedly; so extreme patience is required when dealing with the grieving child. Download the workbook “I Miss My Pet: A workbook for children about pet loss” by Katie Nurmi©. This let’s children work through the loss of a pet by teaching the child that their feelings are important and respected.
Pet Bereavement Counselling
There is nothing wrong with contacting a qualified pet bereavement counsellor when you are facing the death of your pet. They are there to help you through your loss and assist you in understanding the many different feelings and emotions you will experience during your grief. Please CONTACT US if you would like us to put you in touch with a qualified counsellor.
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