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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pet Loss Support Group meets monthly

Animal Hospital Inc., partnering with Patty DeJohn of DeJohn Pet Services, is continuing to provide a Pet Loss Support Group to the community. The loss of a pet can be a very difficult time to work through and often people do not give themselves permission to grieve for an animal with whom they have spent a very significant part of their lives. The support groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month in the Animal Hospital Inc. conference room, 2735 SOM Center Road in Willoughby Hills. The support group is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a pet or is facing this difficult time. Those interested are asked to call 440-946-2800 to reserve a seat.

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Anonymous Sid Korpi said...

Whenever I see that someone has organized a support group such as this one, I have to thank them. I am an animal chaplain in Minnesota who works with people to help them prepare for, cope with and move on after pet loss. Through that work, as well as during my research for my own book "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss," I heard time and again that pet owners were having more difficulty getting over the loss of a beloved animal than they did a human loss. I think this is largely due to our society generally disregarding pet loss as a valid cause for grief and therefore its refusal to give people "permission" to fully grieve. It's vital people have an outlet such as yours to get through this painful process in a healthy manner. Thank you so much!

October 14, 2010 at 8:02 PM 

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