Welcome to Pets & People – our support network for grieving pet owners…
Understanding grief & loss
Reactions to grief can be manifested many different ways – some of which might be…
- feelings – of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, guilt
- thoughts – such as confusion, preoccupation and disbelief
- physical reactions – like sleep disturbances, empty sensation in stomach, breathlessness or tightness in the chest
- behaviour – such as crying, sighing, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, social withdrawal
These are only some of the ways that grief is experienced. Unfortunately, the grief associated with the loss of a pet is often the most misunderstood. Family and friends often mean well, but can sometimes dismiss your pain and distress…
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Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief experienced with the loss of a companion animal.
Counselling can help…
Not all counsellors specialise in grief and even less deal with the grief associated with Pet Loss. But help is at hand.
Our aim at Pets and People is to help connect pet owners with qualified and experienced pet loss counsellors who are ready and willing to support people in this difficult time.
Find a Counsellor
Share the loss of your pet with a therapist who will understand and support you…
Contact our 24 / 7 pet loss support line on 1300 431 450
The 1300 line is a toll free number, but once connected with a professional, their counselling rates will vary according to the service provider.
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Pets and People shared By My Side - General Counselling + Pet Loss Bereavement Support's post.5 days ago By My Side - General Counselling + Pet Loss Bereavement Support
This........❤️🐕🐶 I absolutely love this. Explains what ‘just a dog’ is.
"He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will - as always have. He is just my dog."