Pets share our lives as well as our hearts, and they are frequently a source of love and support that remains stable through all of life’s changes. We understand the emotions involved with losing a beloved pet. Our monthly support group can assist you through this difficult journey by providing a safe place where you can talk with others who are experiencing similar feelings of grief.

The Pet Loss Support Group is led by Nancy C. Trevor, MSN, APRN-BC.

The group is available to those over 18 years and limited to 10 people. Sessions are held in the hospital’s conference room. Pre-registration is requested. There is no cost to attend, but donations are welcome and all financial contributions will be given to various nonprofit organizations with the common goal of improving animals’ lives.  If you are interested in coming to a meeting please call our office (860) 236-3273.

GRIEVING IS A PROCESS

The emotions that come with losing a pet are both individual and universal. You may experience one or more of the following:

  • Extreme sadness
  • Tearfulness
  • Feelings of aloneness
  • Guilt
  • Reliving or revisiting the death
  • Revisiting prior losses
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling as though your departed pet is present

DON’T GRIEVE ALONE

Establishing a compassionate network can help us to not feel alone in our grieving. Here are some of the many ways grief can be processed and healing enhanced:

  • Expressing your emotions, such as crying or conversations about your pet
  • Making scrapbooks or photo albums of your pet
  • Journaling your feelings
  • Dedicating time to animal organizations
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Attending a Pet Loss Support Group

SIGNS YOU ARE HEALING

  • You think more about your pet’s life than you do about his/her death
  • Emotions are not as intense and you feel a sense of control over them
  • You do not try to avoid reminders of your pet
  • You will be able to talk about your pet without feeling intense sadness
  • Letting go of your sadness does not feel as though you are betraying your pet
  • You remember the good times you shared with your pet