“Researchers have long known that the animal-human bond is strong: A 1988 study in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling asked a group of dog owners to place symbols for their family members and pets in a circle representing each dog owner’s life. (The distance between the subject and the other symbols corresponds to the relative, real-life closeness of those relationships.) The subjects tended to put the dog closer than the average family member, and about as close as the closest family member; in 38 percent of the cases, the dog was closest of all.”
Given this piece of news, how can we as a society think that feelings of loss and grief for a deceased or dying pet are anything but completely acceptable? My workshop/support group for grieving pet owners will be held Thurday, March 7th, 14th and 21st from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at our Union Square Office in NYC. RSVP/More Info: Sheila@mytherapist.info or call 917 525-2205 X6. Hope to see you there.
Individual counseling is also available.