Has your pet died, or are you anticipating the death of your special friend? Meet with others who are experiencing the same sense of loss, in a discussion group led by Dr. Mary Knipmeyer.
The Pet Loss Group is not a therapy group, per se, but more a self help group. If you think you will benefit from individual therapy Dr. Knipmeyer can recommend local psychotherapists who include pet loss issues in their practice.
During the Pet Loss Group session, individuals will be given a chance to discuss their own particular loss and listen to others' experiences. Sometimes just hearing others talk about their loss can be beneficial.
Dr. Knipmeyer will also share with the participants ideas and tips for learning to cope with the loss of the pet; what to expect as time goes by and help with the issue of whether or not to get another pet, and if so, when.
For those anticipating or planning for a loss, participation in the group can help people prepare and know what to expect. Questions related to the experience of euthanasia , disposal of the pet's remains etc., can also be covered.
Handouts and further reading suggestions will be available at the meeting.
Dr. Knipmeyer has experienced the loss of some of her own pets and brings her own experience to the group as well as information about the importance of the animal / human bond and the depth of feeling individuals experience when a pet dies.