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Help and support in pet bereavement

A beloved pet's death can be difficult to cope with and understand. Many people find that they need help and support to come to terms with the loss of their pet. If you feel that you need some additional support you could consider the resources listed here.
Information and advice
Jane Evans, MA MBACP (Accred Member) Counselling has written an article on pet bereavement for Pets in Memoriam. 
The following books on pet bereavement have received good reviews:
'When your pet dies: a guide to mourning, remembering and healing' by Alan Wolfelt
'Goodbye friend: healing wisdom for anyone who has ever lost a pet' by Gary Kowalski
'Coping with pet loss (overcoming common problems)' by Robin Grey
More books on pet brereavement can be found on the Amazon website by following the link at the bottom of the page.
The difficult decision
Snowdrops 2Sooner ot later pet owners have to face making what can be an agonisingly difficult decision to have their pet put to sleep. In making such a decision it is important to put the needs and quality of life of the pet animal before any other considerations. You should discuss the situation fully with your vet and your family to make sure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.  
You might feel that it would help you to discuss your feelings after bereavement in a confidential context with a counsellor experienced in pet brereavement. This can be face to face or through e-counselling, or online counselling. Lists of counsellors in your area can be found on the website of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Alternatively if you feel that you would prefer a more distant connection then e-counselling may be for you. More information about counselling and e-counselling can be found on Jane's website.
Yellow rosesHelplines
Some people prefer to speak to someone over the phone.
The Pet Bereavement Support Helpline number is 0800 096 6606. Calls to this number are free. The best time to ring is between 8.30am and 8.30pm 7 days a week. Outside these times an answerphone service operates. 
The Helpline is run jointly by the Blue Cross and the Society for Companion Animal Studies.
You could also try:
Animal Samaritans Pet Bereavement Service on 020 8303 1859. Normal call charges apply.


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