Posts Tagged ‘pet loss’

Resources for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Here are Grief Counselor Bonnie Goodman’s list of resources for pet loss and bereavement:

Pet Loss Support Hotlines:

ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline
(877) 474-3310
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline
517-432-2696 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
607-253-3932 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday evenings (Eastern time)
Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
508-839-7966 (no hours stated on their web site; call for more information)
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine “C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Support Hotline”
877-394-2273
University of Florida Pet Loss Support hotline
352-392-2235 Leave a message and someone will call you back within 24 hours weekdays; weekend calls are returned on Monday

Online Support Groups:
Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement: www.aplb.org

Recommended Books:
Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love, Lorrie Greene, Ph.D., J. Landis, 2002
Grieving The Loss of a Pet, Betty J. Carmack, 2003
The Loss of a Pet, Sife, Ph.D., 1998, 2005
Coping with the Loss of a Pet, Christina M. Lemieux, Wallace R. Clark, 1992
How to Roar: Pet Loss Grief Recovery, Robin Brown, 2005

Especially for Children:
Lifetimes B. Mellonie & R. Ingpen, Bantam Books, 1983
Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?Sally Sibbett, B. Libby Press, 1991
Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children
H.A. Nieburg & A. Fisher, Harper & Row, 1982 (out of print – check with your library)
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Judith Viorst, Aladdin Books, 1975

When Your Best Friend Dies

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Last December, my 12-year-old black Lab mix, Cairo, died very suddenly from an especially fast-moving cancer.  To be honest, a year later I’m still devastated at having lost him.  So that’s why I’m happy to have Grief Counselor Bonnie Goodman join us for our show this Tuesday.  An experienced human and pet grief counselor, Bonnie will talk about the symptoms of bereavement and strategies for coping with the loss of a pet, as well we why we so often feel shame or guilt for grieving for our pets. 

Bonnie is board certified in thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, a certification that demonstrates one’s expertise and involvement in the field of death, dying and bereavement, and she is a member of The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and The American Academy of Bereavement.

I think this will be an exceptionally good show for all of us who have lost–or will soon lose–someone we love.   Join us Tuesday, January 5th, at 1pm Pacific at http://specialpetsspecialneeds.com on PDX.FM.