Our pets are like family members and when they are sick, or die, we experience feelings of loss and grief, just the same as the loss of a close friend or family member. However, when a family member or close friend dies, society sanctions the grieving process. There are public rituals, such as wakes and funerals that allow us to express our grief and remember our loved ones. When a beloved pet dies, NYC and society does not allow the same process. We are expected to carry-on as if we are not affected. Some would even consider someone grieving a pet as perhaps being “dramatic” or “over-sensitive.” This is not true!
Given the intense bond most of us share with our animals, it’s completely normal and natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness when a pet dies. While some people may not understand the depth of feeling you had for your pet, you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend.
When you suffer the loss of any pet, the best thing you can do is seek out others who can empathize with the grief you experience. This is a support and remembrance group for people grieving dead pets, dying pets, sick pets, or lost pets.
Come and share your feelings surrounding the loss or illness of your furry, feathered or scaly family member. You are encouraged to bring a photo of your pet to share with other members.
If there is enough interest, this group will be offered as a weekly therapeutic support group for individuals who are experiencing, or have experienced, some type of pet loss.
Facilitator: Sheila Brown, MA, MHC-LP
For further information, email Sheila@mytherapist.info