Mourning the Loss of a Special Relationship
An important aspect of grieving is to share the loss of your pet with people who will understand and support you.
While death is probably the most commonly experienced loss of a pet, other ways of losing a beloved pet, like their disappearance, or having to part with a pet through family circumstances or relocation can also be very distressing.
Your relationship with your pet was special and from them you experienced much love and joy.
For many people their animal friend has been the most significant “other” in their lives and with the animal’s passing they experience a deep hurt and grief that often their human family and friends do not understand. Those who have never bonded closely with an animal and experienced their unconditional love can sometimes dismiss your pain and distress.
But help is at hand.
Pets and People was founded by Dr Michael O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief often experienced through the loss of a companion animal. Whatever your budget is, we have resources to help guide you through this difficult time, because we know you cannot put a price tag on the love you shared with your pet.
Get the support you need
Losing an animal friend can feel as devastating as losing a human loved one. It is not unusual to feel bereft and distressed if you have recently experienced the loss of your pet. This time can be a devastating and misunderstood experience for many people, but not everybody has the ability to afford counselling services, which is why we have identified both paid and complimentary support services.
Counselling can help…
Loss & Grief Counselling
Counselling with a therapist who understands your feelings of grief and loss can help.
Counsellors can provide a secure and compassionate environment in which someone can have the opportunity to share and work through their distress – and express not just their pain but what this loss means to them.
Find the right counsellor for you…
Meet Our Team
Check out the bios of our professional counsellors who are willing and able to help you through this difficult time…
Partners & Friends
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Articles & Resources
We’ve curated a collection of pet loss blogs, images and other resources for grieving pet owners. Please feel free to share with friends or those in need.