Saying your final pet goodbyes is so difficult. I was interviewed by Dr. Cara Gubbins of Animal Wisdom Circle Expert Interview Series on February 1, 2018.
During “Final Pet Goodbyes: Navigating through Love, Loss and Grief,” we discussed preparing for pet death, the grief, the guilt, and more. With an active discussion, we covered a lot of topics.
During the interview Cara and I discussed:
- One listener helped her dog transition earlier in the day. I recommended the article in the Washington Post on pet death. It is discusses the pain from pet death and a relative’s death.
- My story on pet death and a relative’s reaction.
- Two clients’ stories of grief and guilt and how animal communication helped them.
Then Cara asked for “other ways to navigate this process.”
- Pet’s bucket/want to do list.
- My story of Boomer’s, my second Wheaten, requests and my promise.
Helpful links we discussed:
- MN Pets provide at home pet hospice and home euthanasia (for Minneapolis/St. Paul area). The staff is very understanding and kind. Also provide grief support.
- Joy Sessions are beautiful end of life photograph sessions by professional photographers from around the world.
- What to do with the ashes of loved ones? Kim Julen of Finding Your Fiji’s blog on this topic.
Suggestions for helping grieving pet parents:
- My husband and I forced ourselves to continue our evening walks. It let us connect with the dog community in our neighborhood.
- Check with your local Humane Society for support groups.
- Grief is a physical process. Accept it and live with it. Do what is best for you.
- Accept signs from your pet. Be open.
Is it time for another pet?
- Ask your other pets if he/she wants another companion with an animal communication.
- Follow your instincts. Often the previous pet is helping you find the perfect pet.
- Client’s story of a new pet coming into their life.
Listen to the wonderful hour plus discussion on “Final Pet Goodbyes: Navigating through Love, Loss and Grief.” Let us help you prepare for your hardest decision as a pet parent.
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