Pet Loss & Grief Support

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We know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. Our veterinary team in Sechelt can offer you support and guidance during this difficult transition.

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Grief Counselling

It can be just as painful to grieve the deaths of our companion animals as our beloved friends or family. It is important that you take the time to grieve and experience your emotions.

Our compassionate team can help with resources to help you after the loss of a companion animal.

Grief Counselling, Sechelt Vet

How Our Pet Loss Support Group Can Help

We would be honoured to support you in your grief over the loss of your cherished pet. Our grief counselling services can help you through the process of your loss and will provide you with tools for a healthy mourning process. We will provide support and guidance in the following areas:

Self-Care

We will help you take care of yourself during this difficult time.

Although it can be difficult to face, it's important to give yourself time to mourn. You may want to suppress the grief and keep up appearances, but your to-do list can wait and your friends and family will understand if you need some time to heal.

Be kind and gentle to yourself, and remember that sadness is not a weakness, but a part of life. Suppressing your feelings will only increase stress, anxiety and anger in the long run.

Memorialization

We will help you find a way to honor your lost loved one.

Finding a way to honor your departed pet is an important part of the healing process. Memorializing your pet can help bring you closure, and provide a sweet reminder of all the good times.

Did your pet have a beloved toy? A personalized collar or a favourite spot to curl up? Reflect on these details and take the time create a little memorial just for them.

Communicating with Children

We will help you talk to your kids about grief and loss.

While it may seem kindest to lie to your children about your pet's death, it is important to think about it as an opportunity for a lesson about mortality and the grieving process for them.

Pet loss can show your children what your family does when something sad happens as well as that grief and loss are a regular part of life. Your children should learn that they can and should grieve, but it is also okay to move on and feel happy again.

Requesting Support

We will help you talk to friends and family about your loss.

You may encounter people who are insensitive to your loss because they don't understand it. They may diminish how you feel (intentionally or not) and suggest you should "just get a new pet".

We will help you navigate conversations about your loss with the people in your life, and give you tools to politely but firmly insist on your right to process your loss in your own way.

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