Why seek counseling for pet loss?
¶ Because others may not understand what you’re going through.
Even well-meaning people may send hurtful messages like:
» But it was only a dog/cat/
» Wasn't your dog/cat/etc. old?
» At least he/she isn't suffering.
» You should get another one right away.
¶ Because grieving can be a lonely business.
You might find that talking with a trained grief counselor, either individually or in a group, brings more relief and comfort than working through it by yourself.
¶ Because you may want a guide as you navigate through the pain.
Partnering with a counselor can lend encouragement and help you make sense of your experiences. Newly bereaved, or weeks and months out from the loss, you may find grief counseling to be a support throughout your journey.
¶ Because our culture makes so little room or time for grief.
Even supportive friends and family may grow impatient with our need to talk, remember, feel. Working with a grief counselor is one way to grant yourself all the room and time you need to share whatever matters to you, without being hurried along.