YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN YOUR GRIEF.
Passionate Paws Animal Hospital and Faithful Companion Pet Cremation Services have teamed up to found the first pet grief support group in Union County to provide validation and relief to grieving pet parents.
Saying goodbye to your beloved furry companion is the hardest moment in any pet parent’s life. No pet parent wants to make “the decision” but many times it is in our hands as their caretakers. And with this power we hold over another life, a life we hold precious, comes powerful emotions that can quickly overwhelm us, even before we say goodbye. Guilt. Anger. Sadness. Loneliness. Abandonment. Anxiety. Fear. Shock. Longing. Pain.
Let me be the first to say, what you are feeling is completely normal and no, you are not crazy nor alone in your grief. Pet parents all around the world feel as you do. Unfortunately, many of your friends, family, and neighbors may not understand your suffering. You may have heard, “it’s only a dog”, “it’s only a cat”, or “just get another one.” This sense of misunderstanding often exacerbates your already heightened emotions and leaves you feeling isolated and alone in your grief.
“The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you’re talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated”. — Cheryl Strayed
Repeat after me, “I am not alone.” You are not alone. Our FREE pet grief support group is here to help guide you through your grief. Our group is led by a licensed therapist, specializing in bereavement, and attended by pet parents who share your same feelings of loss. Dr. Susan Bonilla of Passionate Paws will often be in attendance to answer questions related to hospice, the disease process, and euthanasia.
Our program is designed to create a S.A.F.E space, allowing you to experience Support, Affirmation, Fellowship, and Expression. As always we strongly encourage our attendees to bring photos, videos, or pet belongings with them as it often helps in the healing process. Our group will never force you to share your story until you are ready. Sometimes it helps just to listen. But know we are ready to listen when you are ready to share your grief.
The group meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church 8601 Bryant Farms Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277. Please check the Pet Grief Group website for any changes in our regular schedule. Light refreshments are served. The meeting will begin at 7:15pm and usually goes to about 8:30pm.