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Heal from Pet Loss is a Pittsburgh-based service and provides in-person and phone pet loss
counseling by PA Licensed Professional Counselor, Karen Litzinger. Karen has earned a
certificate in pet loss counseling through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.
Heal from Pet Loss also publishes the award-winning CD, Heal Your Heart: Coping with the
Loss of Pet. For more information and additional pet loss resources, contact:
www.HealFromPetLoss.com or 412-242-7045.
5 Tips to Help Cope With the Loss of Your Beloved Pet
1. Allow yourself to fully experience your grief and know it is natural and normal.
You may experience shock, denial, anger, depression, and eventually, acceptance.
2. Find supportive people with whom to share your grief. Stay away from people
who say, “It was just a cat.” or “Just get another dog.” Seek out support groups.
3. Take care of yourself during your time of grief physically, emotionally, mentally
and spiritually. This could include canceling engagements or calling off work.
4. Consider some way to memorialize your animal companion’s death and remind
you of your happy times together. This may include initiating a memorial service,
creating a photo album, planting a flower, or having a memorial portrait painted.
5. Remember there is no right or wrong way to grieve, or right or wrong time period.
If you feel your grief interferes significantly with your daily living, consider getting
professional help from a counselor.
Local and National Resources
• ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline: (877) 474-3310.
• Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement: Pet loss chat rooms five days a week
supervised by a psychologist, http://www.aplb.org/ .
• Animal Friends: Local monthly pet loss support group and monthly memorial service,
• Good Grief Center: Pet loss emotional support locally through volunteers and staff,
Our Facebook page has created a group called Rainbow Reflection.
It is for all whom have lost pets and/or have pets. Its purpose is for
remembering those that have been lost. It is also meant to aid those
in determining when is the right time for letting go. This group is
meant to be a support team for all that are members. So please feel
free to ask to be a member on Facebook.