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Pet Grief Support Sessions Offered

The relationship a person has with a pet is often deep and enduring and the death of a beloved companion animal can be particularly difficult for all concerned. Many owners say they are surprised by the intensity of grief they feel following the animal’s death. Those facing such a loss often have questions about the grief process, but may have a difficult time finding a supportive place to explore them.

Jeannine Moga, client counselor with the Veterinary Health Complex, has initiated a grief education seminar series in response to this need. Support sessions are being held on Thursday evenings on August 1, 8, 15, 22.

Each hour-long session begins at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 101 of the College of Veterinary Medicine Research Building. Those interested may register for one session or for all four. Individuals, couples, and family members may attend, but but each person must register individually as space is limited.  Please note that the material is not suitable for young children.

The schedule:

August 1

Preparing for the End of Life: Quality of Life, Quality of Death and Anticipatory Grief

This session is designed to help people explore end of life issues for a beloved animal. Multiple topics will be reviewed in order that attendees can plan what they want for their animal, and their relationship with their animal, as that animal’s life comes to a close.

August 8

Understanding Animal Loss and Grief

It is not uncommon for people to report that the loss of an animal feels different, and often more painful than, other losses. This session will explore common facets of grief following animal loss and will review helpful tips for coping with grief.

August 22

The Dark Emotions of Grief: Guilt, Regret, and Anger

The “dark emotions” of guilt, regret, and anger are often focal after the loss of an animal. This session will explore the messages behind these emotions and methods of working with them productively.

August 29

Maintaining a Connection: The Importance of Ritual for Grief and Healing

A key component of the grief process is redefining the relationship with the deceased. We also know that finding a way to maintain a connection with those we’ve lost builds resilience. This session will explore how grievers can re-orient to a world changed by loss and find comfort in a continued relationship with the animal who has died.

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For more information: 

If You Have Experience the Loss of an Animal

Conversation with Clinical Counselor Jeannine Moga

Support From the Heart

Finding Solace