I was raised on a farm, surrounded with companion animals of every kind. Moving countries, my family had to say goodbye to our animal companions which was a very heartbreaking experience. Many years later we adopted a 12 year old dog, Polar, whom we loved and adored for about 3 years until cancer took its toll on him. Polar became a very important family member. At the time of his passing I was overseas and not able to say my final goodbye and it was at this time that I truly recognised the strength of our bond. We now share our days with our pug, Bruno. He’s taught me so much more about love for an animal and the bond we share.
Our animal companions become a part of our lives, they provide us with unconditional love and in return we build a special and intimate bond with them. Pets become members of our families and when they are gone we can feel completely lost. In recognising the impact of pets in our lives, I am now one of only a handful of certified Pet Loss Bereavement Counsellors in Australia with accreditation from the Association of Pet Loss Bereavement, founded by Dr. Wallace Sife, Ph. D. I currently provide online pet loss support and through the APLB for those that are at various stages of their pet loss bereavement.
With my own experience in pet loss, I recognise the strength of a companionship bond and how the loss of a pet can greatly impact our lives, along with the significant value of pet loss support. Grief is a journey we are taken on, the experience is challenging and full of mixed emotions. I am passionate about assisting others with their loss of a beloved animal companion and can support you through your healing process, whilst helping to keep your beloved pets memories close to your heart.