Pet Loss and Bereavement

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Counseling my clients in pet loss and bereavement has slowly become a large part of my practice. It is something I truly enjoy as its importance is huge. For many of us, pets have become our family members, and their loss or impending loss can be devastating. We have all experienced loss; whether family, friends, […]

Q&A: Dealing with Grief (for Humans and Animals)

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Our experts offer advice for how to help heal bereaved pets (and people). We received a question from a reader asking for advice on how to deal with both her own and her dog’s grief. Our reader asked about crystals in particular, but many other complementary therapies can help as well, and since loss and […]

Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue (And How to Cope)

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Did you know that those who work with shelter and sanctuary animals are highly vulnerable to compassion fatigue? Not surprisingly, helping (and opening your heart to) abused, unloved and neglected animals on a regular basis is extremely stressful and traumatic. Those involved in euthanasia of such animals also experience grief. Compassion fatigue, therefore, is unfortunately […]

Flower Essences for Grief and Loss

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This is probably the hardest article that I have ever had to write; it comes from a place of such sadness, yet gives me the greatest insight into grief. I lost my father earlier this year after he had suffered from a long illness. For the last 15 months of his life my father was in […]