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.

Losing and grieving for a pet, whether due to death, because they have gone missing or through a forced separation, can be a very difficult and emotional experience. If you or someone you know is suffering, emotional support can help. Grief is a process and it moves through us. I can provide tools for coping with your grief in a safe and non-judgemental manner.

"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." 

One of the toughest parts of grieving for a pet is that people often feel alone and unsupported. Society does not treat pet loss as very significant. Although a bereaved pet carer might be given a day off work and receive sympathy from people initially, it's not long before they’re expected to get back to 'normal' and put their loss behind them. This is not always easy to do. It is important that our feelings are validated and that we acknowledge that we are not okay and that it's okay to not be okay.The loss of a beloved pet can feel just as bad as losing a human loved one. Grief takes time and we need time to heal. 

"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." 

Given the intense bond most of us share with our animal companions, it is natural to feel devastated when they are no longer a part of our lives. Experiencing the loss of a beloved animal can be as traumatic as losing a a family member or a dear friend and in fact for some people it feels even worse. Having experienced several losses myself, both human and animal, I know how this can turn your whole world upside down. 

"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."



There may be several reasons for grieving the loss of a pet.

  • 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. 

Though some people may not understand the depth of feeling you have for an animal, you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for your companion. Until one has experienced the special bond shared with an animaland the incredible companionship and love that animals can give, they may not fully understand what you are going through. 

Some people assume that pet loss shouldn’t hurt as much as human loss, or that it is somehow inappropriate to grieve for an animal. It is important for you to know that your feelings are real, natural and valid.

Sometimes we just need to talk with someone who understands and empathises with what we're going through. Perhaps because I truly know how awful it is to lose a beloved pet, I am drawn to helping others through their own grief. I have undergone extensive training and certification in the UK and USA in bereavement counselling and volunteer regularly in providing bereavement support with a national animal charity in the UK.

My pet loss and grief support sessions give you the opportunity to express your emotions openly and can help provide you with greater insight into your feelings.

Sessions are offered online (via Zoom, Skype, What'sApp, FaceTime) or by phone, which means you can be in the privacy and comfort of your own home. This allows you to have a session no matter where you're located in the world. 

I am pleased to also offer Reiki to both people and their animals, via distance treatment. Reiki would be immediately following our pet loss support session. Reiki can help to promote a sense of calm, and may restore and balance your energies. Reiki sessions may also be scheduled separately if you prefer. I recommend Reiki to help you along in your healing journey.Find out more about Reiki here.
To book your sessions please follow the link here.
For any questions or a brief consultation, please email me at 
info@wildflowerhealing.com