This is an invitation to anyone who is mourning the death of a beloved animal. Life In Motion Counseling's Pet Loss Grief Support Services will be forming a support group in March, here in Durham. A pet's death can be deeply painful, even devastating. Our relationships with our animal companions are among the purest, most unburdened relationships most of us will ever experience. The grief that attends this loss is a also a disenfranchised one: it is not given full validity or much recognized by our culture. Sometimes even close friends or family don't quite "get it" and may seem impatient with the length or intensity of our grieving.
If you are hurting , you may find that spending time with other bereaved pet owners can give you welcome support and solace. Grieving can be lonely, even confusing , and it certainly brings with it a multitude of emotions. Sharing your experiences and memories, hearing other people's stories, seeing that you're not alone in your sorrow can smooth some of the rough terrain of your grief journey.
If you think you or someone you know might appreciate a chance to take the kinds of comfort and reassurance a support group can offer, please don't hesitate to call me at (919) 649-2109. You'll have a chance to ask any questions you may have about the group, and I'll listen to what you hope the group can offer so we can see if it might meet some of your needs. For a discussion of "Why grief counseling?" and other information about Life In Motion's Pet Loss Grief Support Services, visit the site's Pet Loss page.
The next pet loss support group will be starting in mid- to late March. We'll meet for four consecutive weeks, 90 minutes/session, here in Durham (exact day/time and location TBA). The cost of the support group is $125. If you are unable to join us because of financial limitations, let me know. A limited number of discounts are available.
I hope you are not in distress, today, over the loss of a devoted animal friend. And if you are, I hope you'll consider joining us in March.