Grieving the Loss of a Pet

Are you dealing with pet loss?

Grieving the loss of a pet is hard. The death of a beloved pet is a profound loss. The grief felt after this loss can be as much or more intense than it would be for a human loved one. After all, what other relationship provides unconditional love, a never-ending capacity to forgive, an endless source of comfort, and an ear that is always willing to listen and not judge?

…What other relationship provides unconditional love, a never-ending capacity to forgive, an endless source of comfort, and an ear that is always willing to listen and not judge?

As an animal lover, I recognize the deep bond that is possible between humans and animals, and have experienced the heartache and despair when this bond is broken by a pet’s death. The sadness and overwhelming emptiness that is experienced can be difficult to face alone, especially in a society that is often quick to dismiss the significance of the relationship – it’s never “just a pet.”

Are you struggling to cope with the loss of your pet?

You might be experiencing profound sadness and depression, feelings of anger, guilt, or perhaps you are still in shock. I am available for individual pet loss counseling sessions in NYC. As an art therapist, I offer the unique opportunity for you to use art therapy as a way to move through your grief. In times of pain and despair there is an innate human propensity to create and rebuild that which has been lost and the restorative and healing powers of the creative process are expansive. Creating artwork around your pet can help you focus on the positive memories, help you to create a tangible memorial or express something for which there are no words. No art experience is necessary. Using art is entirely optional, but it is available to you if you choose this avenue.

I have been trained as a pet loss counselor by the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and will guide you through the healing process and help you make sense of your feelings in a caring and non-judgmental way. I am also available to assist with anticipatory grief issues and issues surrounding making the decision for euthanasia. You do not need to suffer this pain alone.

Sometime the loss of a pet can trigger feelings related to unresolved losses or issues from the past. As a psychotherapist, I am trained to help you process your experience and get to the root of what is causing you distress.

If you are dealing with pet loss or are anticipating a loss and are having difficulty coping, a few sessions of counseling can help.

Skype Video Pet Loss Counseling Sessions

If you are grieving the loss of a pet outside the NYC area, I am happy to offer Skype video sessions at your convenience.

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Please Note: The Monday Evening Pet Loss Support Group is not currently being held. The group may resume sometime in 2015. To be updated on future groups, please contact me to be put on my mailing list. If you are looking for a group, the Animal Medical Center
holds bi-monthly support groups.