The Scottish Pet Bereavement Counselling Service was founded in 2019 by Wendy Andrew MCMA. Wendy is a Counsellor, Author and Campaigner who is passionate about helping grieving pet parents recover from pet loss so that they might open their hearts and homes to a companion animal again some day if that’s what they feel is right for them. In recent times, she has become known by the moniker ‘The Pet Loss Lady’.
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 society 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. Your feelings are valid and everyone is different.
Our aim at The Scottish Pet Bereavement Counselling Service is to provide a holistic approach to the grieving process. We offer you a safe space to share how you are feeling and, if you want, 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.
Although based in Glasgow, we are happy to support anyone anywhere through our online service and are proud to be members of The Complementary Medical Association.
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