Our relationships with our pets are special bonds. Our pets offer us unconditional love and support. Having very intense and deep feelings of grief after the loss of a pet can feel unbearable. People often try to explain their loss as a way to justify the depth of sadness they feel for a non-human being. It is normal to feel isolation at the loss of a pet as the bond with an animal is often difficult for others to understand. Many people feel closer to their pets than they do to the people in their lives. Seeing a therapist who specializes in pet bereavement can help you navigate all the ups and downs, the sadness and fear. Therapy can be an important piece in allowing you to grieve your pet however you need, and as long as you need.
Local Experts in Pet Bereavement
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy
Hannah was raised in a family that valued the companionship and quality of lives of their pets. Having experienced pet loss since childhood, Hannah knows it can be devastating and difficult to navigate. She also sought extra training/experience at The Argus Institute at Colorado State University's school of Veterinary Medicine to learn more about professionally providing such support.
Individual Therapy, Group Therapy
Maybe it was sudden, or after a long illness. Maybe your pet is lost ,or you lost it in a custody battle. The loss of a beloved pet is a significant loss and until it is complete, grief will show up in every area of your life.
The grief around losing our animal companions is often minimized in our society and people grieving may not receive the support they are looking for. I understand the feeling of having the rug pulled out from under you and will help you get through this time, while honoring the loved one you have lost.
Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy
For many, experiencing the death of a beloved pet can be as emotionally challenging as the death of a human loved one. Having experienced the death of one of my animals, I relate to those challenges and offer support around a pet death with care, compassion and understanding.