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We are known as ‘a nation of animal lovers’ and judging by statistics this is certainly true. According to the RSPCA (2015), 1 in 2 households in the UK owns at least one pet.
Not only do we love them unconditionally but we share every part of our lives with them - they become a member of our family unit. So what happens when we lose our beloved companions? How do we grieve? Why do we feel too embarrassed to mourn the death of a pet in the same way we would a loved one?
Losing a pet - whether it’s from illness, a relationship separation, because of an accident, or simply old age can be absolutely devastating. However, there seems to be a social expectation not to ‘make a big deal out of it’, when it’s a huge deal to us.
Coping with everyday life can feel impossible, and having time off work for the loss of a pet, usually isn’t an option. Grief suffered from losing a pet is often not talked about – it is hidden for fear of dismissal by others, or even ridicule.
If losing a pet has had a huge impact on your life you may not have even considered counselling as on option but that is exactly what it’s for. You can come along and talk to me freely and openly about your feelings – your pain, your suffering or your loneliness. I am here to listen to you without judgement and I will support you through your therapeutic journey for as long as you need.
Make an appointment today – and start the healing process.