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Below are some of the most frequent questions we get at www.deathofmypet.com We will go over the answers to these questions about pet loss and how it affects those of us who are are suffering.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PET LOSS
& THE GRIEF OF LOSING A BEST FRIEND.
How is it possible that I am sadder with the loss of my dog than with the loss of close family members?
For many people the love and companionship of a pet may be the only or certainly the strongest bond of unconditional love they have experienced. It is also possible, like many of my clients, which you have been strong and practical while caring for ailing parents or friends. But suddenly, your best friend and closest companion is dying and it is the last straw on a pile of buried emotions. It may be that your pet was your “safe place to go and soft spot to land.”
2. I feel like I am going crazy. Am I ever going to feel normal again?
Yes, you will feel emotionally better but different than before. You will eventually remember and rejoice in the many happy times you had with your pet. You will be able to reflect on the many life lessons you shared.
3. How long will I grieve my pet?
All of our emotions are individual. When we love deeply, we grieve deeply. Grief coaches often say that it takes about a year before your loss is the first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing you think about at night.
More questions answered on call. Join us
Todays show will be on helping the hurting and what can be done to help others. The following topics will be discussed:
Pet loss and children
Pet loss and the elderly
Service and companion animals
Expressing sympathy to others
Memorial options, tributes & rituals to remember
How sharing stories helps us heal
Death is a tough subject to explain especially to children. Judy Helm Wright can help parents explain the death of a family pet to a child. This is week five of 6 of the series How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet. Be sure to continue listening for more useful insights on How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet.
If you have a story you would like to share send it to email@example.com with PET STORY in the subject line.
in Self Help
According to the AAVA, Americans owned more than 157 million pets in 2012. Americans LOVE their pets! A big problem with pets, however, is that their lives are shorter than human lives. We love them, and lose them far too soon for us. How do we deal with losing them? What do we need to do in order to grieve their loss fully, and then go on with our own lives? What do we do about getting another pet? Russell Friedman and his colleagues, author of The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss, is an expert in grief and applies his understanding to the very real grief we human feel when our pets die. Russell and co-author John James have created the Grief Recovery Method, shared with you when you listen to Full Power Living.
So many people preface the report of the deep grief they feel after the death of their dog, cat or bird, with “I know I’m being stupid/silly, but….” It turns out that grief is grief, and grief felt over the death of our beloved pet is no more silly or stupid than grief we feel over the lost of a person we love. Who better to discuss this with than someone who is an expert on all aspects of grief? Listen on Thursday as Russell Friedman talks with us on questions most of us have when we suffer loss. Click here to visit Russell Friedman's website!
This weeks show will be on the grieving process. The following topics will be discussed:
Dealing with a loss of a pet is just like losing a family member or loved one. Each person may experience the stages in a different way and thats okay. With the help of Judy Helm Wright, certified pet grief counselor, she can set you on the path to healing. This is week 3 of the 6 week series so be sure to continue tuning in and learning How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet.
If you have a story that you wish to share send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with PET STORY in the subject line.
This weeks show will discuss how to cope and let go after the death of a beloved pet. The topics that will be touched on are:
Expected life span of different species
Anticipatory grief- how to handle the impending loss of a pet
The biological description of death
Transition into the comfort zone
Having a beloved pet euthanized
Relationship of unconditional love
Letting go of a pet can be difficult and painful. Coming to terms with the loss is a journey and can take some time. Judy Helm Wright can help you with the loss of your pet and put you on the path to healing. This is part of a 6 week series on How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet. Be sure to tune in and learn more.
If you would like to share a story about your beloved pet contact Judy at email@example.com with PET STORY in the subject line
The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss: Russell Friedman
Your relationship with your pet is special--it's a bond that is very different than those that human beings share with each other. When a beloved pet passes away, people often resort to incorrect mechanisms to deal with the grief, such as trying to move too quickly past the loss dismissing the real impact), or even attempting to replace the pet immediately. However, these are merely two myths out of six that the authors discuss and dismantle in The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. Based on the authors' Grief Recovery Method®, this book addresses how losing a pet is different from losing a human loved one, and ultimately, how to move on with life.
in Self Help
According to the AAVA, Americans owned more than 157 million pets in 2012. Americans LOVE their pets! A big problem with pets, however, is that their lives are shorter than human lives. We love them, and lose them far too soon for us. How do we deal with losing them? What do we need to do in order to grieve their loss fully, then go on with our own lives? What do we do about getting another pet? Russell Friedman and his colleagues, author of Grief Recovery from Pet Loss, is an expert in grief and applies his understanding to the very real grief we human feel when our pets die. Russell and co-author John James have created the Grief Recovery Method, shared with you when you listen to Full Power Living.
So many people preface the report of the deep grief they feel after the death of their dog, cat or bird, with “I know I’m being stupid/silly, but….” It turns out that grief is grief, and grief felt over the death of our beloved pet is no more silly or stupid than grief we feel over the lost of a person we love. Who better to discuss this with than someone who is an expert on all aspects of grief. Listen on Thursday as Russell Friedman talks with us on questions most of us have when we suffer loss. Click here to visit Russell Friedman’s website!
What happens to you when your pet dies?
The death of a beloved pet can mean saying goodby to a best friend. Not only do you miss the companionship but this may have been your one source of unconditional and nonjudgemental love.
Our pets come to symbolize many things to each of us. To Judy Cameron, co-host, her dogs represented her children. To Judy Helm Wright, co-host, her dog filled an empty nest. Imagine how a pet may reflect the ideal mate or parent or companion--ever faithful, loyal and welcoming us daily. Can you see in your mind's eye how strong this bond may be?
We know how you feel, because we have felt the same way. We understand your pain and acknowledge your sorrow.
Give Yourself time to grieve
As coaches, authors and pet parents, we truly do understand your grief. We recognize that you do not need anyone else's approval to mourn the loss of your pet, nor do you need to justify your feelings to others. But, we offer a "Safe Place" to share your stories and be able to be open about your feelings right now.
Join us on our weekly broadcasts as well as on our Facebook page-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dealing-with-the-loss-of-a-pet/716509988445040 Return often to this Facebook page and find out exciting news about a pet loss support group and tele-classes. You will be so glad you did.
Dealing with the loss of a pet can be very difficult.Sandra Grossman, Certified Pet Loss Counselor shares with us advice on dealing with this difficult situation. Also joining us is one of the founders of BlogPaws, Clhoe Divata.
Questions to be answered:
1. What is Pawbituary.com? What does the site offer?
2. How did you come up with Pawbituary?
3. Why is it important that we memorialize our pets in some way?
4. Do you have any tips for pet lovers who are mourning the loss of their pet?
5. What is your long term mission for Pawbituary.com?
6. Where can our viewers access Pawbituary?
Ways to get in touch with Margot:
Create your FREE Pawbituary Memorial Website at http://pawbituary.com/create
Dr. Carolyn Shadle is an author, speaker, and trainer in interpersonal and organizational communication. She specializes in helping people listen empathetically. This is especially important when pet owners are experiencing stress related to the well being of their pet or are grieving because of the loss of a pet.
Carolyn earned her PhD. in Communication for the State University of New York at Buffalo and offers her services through her non-profit eductional corporation, Interpersonal Communication Services Inc.
She is qualified to assist individuals and businesses that wish to enjoy positive people experiences. This means finding the magic that happens when people skills are added to the technical know-how. She enjoys working with individuals who wish to enhace their interpersonal and organizational communication skills.
Through public speaking, training workshops, and writing, she addresses the elements that help professionals improve client engagement and team interaction. She works extensively with veterinarians, pet owners, and pet-related businesses.
Questions Carolyn will be asked:
1.How did you develop an interest in communication?
2.What kinds of audiences have you addressed in your writing and training?
3.What are the special needs of veterinarians and others in the pet industry with regard to communication?
4.What is the format of your training?
5.How long is a typical communication worskshop?
6.Where should one go to find your writings or schedule training?
For more information, click here.
Judy Helm Wright
Read My Lips host akaRadioRed brings you lively, unscripted, spontaneous, non-canned interviews with interesting new authors on a range of lifestyle-related topics. Listen LIVE on Mondays 7-8 pm/Eastern or anytime on-demand.
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Don "The Pet Loss Answer Man" Landy became a dog owner and an author by accident. After experiencing the loss of three very special pets, Don understands all too well the pain of grieving a pet. Hear his 6 Steps to Overcoming the Pain of Pet Loss, how losing a pet can affect your [human] relationships and your health, and why most men are afraid to show emotions after losing the family pet. Don is the author of A Letter to Tia and Unconditional Love: On Loan from God. Info: www.adognamedtia.com