The loss of a companion animal through death, forced separation or indeed a change in circumstances can be a very difficult time. Very often those feelings of grief are not acknowledged in the same way as grief for a human, leaving us feeling overwhelmed with nowhere to turn to for support.
The grieving process can indeed start before the event when painful decisions have to be made. During this process those around us can say well-meaning but unhelpful things which may make us feel as though we are over reacting in some way. Please know that this is not the case and that your feelings are your feelings and there is no right or wrong way to react in this situation. Everyone is different.
Our aim at The Scottish Pet Bereavement Counselling Service is to provide a holistic approach to the grieving process. Giving you a safe space to share how you are feeling and, if you want, to give practical advice on healthy coping mechanisms, how to build resilience and how to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing. This is a time where self-care is of utmost importance. If you want to just speak and be heard, that’s fine or if you would like a more involved service, that’s fine too. It’s up to you, as you know what you need best.
We offer a range of options to suit your requirements including ‘Rainbow Bridge Day’ support where we would accompany you to the vet when the time comes to say goodbye. For clients based in the Glasgow area, face to face consultations may be your preference however we are happy to consult with clients further afield, even internationally, via video call. You may indeed live locally but just feel more comfortable communicating in this way. Whichever you feel is right for you.
As a low cost alternative to counselling, we have written a book called ‘How To Recover From Pet Loss – Supporting You On Your Journey to Acceptance’ which is available on Amazon. http://mybook.to/RecoverFromPetLoss