Emotional Support for Pet Loss and Grief
For most people, losing an animal companion can lead to a profound, even traumatic sense of loss. Grieving due to the loss of a pet, or an anticipated loss, can be very difficult. Animals provide us with such an incredible level of companionship and love that we are left with a huge gap in our lives when they are gone.
In offering emotional support for those grieving for an animal,
I am helping to honour that animal's life.
"Juli was warm, open-minded and non-judgemental. I felt comfortable and safe during our sessions and was able to open up about the loss of my cat."
"I needed emotional support that I just wasn't receiving even from my family at the time. Juli helped me during a very challenging time following the loss of my dear dog."
"At a time of great sadness, talking with Juli really helped. She gave me tools to help me cope with my grief and work through my feelings."
- Natural death/ passed away
- Euthanasia (animal had to be "put to sleep")
- Animal has gone missing or has been stolen
- Rehoming of an animal due to changes in a person's circumstances i.e. due to relationship breakup, moving into accomodations which do not permit pets, such as a nursing home, and moving abroad.
- Seizure of an animal by animal control authorities (ie. due to behavioural issues such as noise or aggression, breed specific legislation prohibiting the keeping of certain dogs)
- Anticipatory Grief- when an animal is terminally ill and/or of advancing age, knowing that the animal is reaching the end of their life. This can cause a roller coaster of emotions and be difficult to deal with on many levels. Along with grief, many people also experience feelings of guilt, no matter how good a caregiver they may be, and when faced with the difficult decision about euthanasia.