The understanding of this "complicated grief" process by both the pet parent and bereavement counselor is imperative to healing.
There are several pioneers in the “grief and loss” world. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross made us aware of the 5 stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
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The grief process is difficult. There is no definite time when you wake up and suddenly are at peace. The process of losing a pet is complicated and requires you, first and foremost to be gentle and loving with yourself. There is no set timeframe to heal. Surround yourself with individuals who understand your experiences so you don't feel alone. Then you can be supported and validated as you travel on your healing journey. And perhaps in the future, you can be there for someone else.
Contributed by Heather M. Scarboro M.A.Ed.
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Walsh, K. (2012). Grief and Loss: Theories and Skills for the Helping Professions. New York: NY, Pearson.
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