Pet Loss Support Group at Beth Donovan Hospice

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by Sue Walker

Grieving the loss of a beloved pet can be an emotionally challenging experience, often underestimated by those who haven’t experienced the unique bond between humans and their animal companions. Recognizing this, the Beth Donovan Hospice is proud to announce the launch of a new Pet Loss Support Group, aimed at providing a safe space for individuals to navigate the complex emotions that come with losing a cherished pet.

The Support Group, set to commence on Tuesday, April 24, will offer a haven for pet owners to share their stories, memories, and feelings without judgment. Facilitated by a bereavement trained volunteer (and pet lover), these 7 weekly sessions running from 10:00 am to 11:30 am will focus on acknowledging the depth of grief and fostering a sense of understanding among participants.

“Pets hold a special place in our hearts and lives,” said group facilitator Isabel Wilson, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging pet loss as a significant and valid form of grief. “We want to offer solace and companionship to those grappling with the pain of losing a furry friend. The support group will provide a nurturing environment where individuals can find empathy and healing.”

Individuals interested in obtaining more information or registering for this program can contact Megan at counselling@bethdonovanhospice.ca or 613-258-9611 x4. The sessions are free and open to all members of the community who have experienced the loss of a pet.

During a time when grieving individuals often feel isolated, the Beth Donovan Pet Loss Support Group offers a path to healing and renewed connection, ensuring that the memory of cherished pets lives on in the hearts of their owners.

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