When the human-companion animal bond is broken by death or another type of loss, pet guardians face many difficult emotions. The sense of loss, loneliness, guilt, or depression may be overwhelming. The grieving process is a painful but necessary part of living and loving. Sometimes pet owners, or more frequently friends, relatives, or co-workers, discount the pain because the loved one was not human. Psychologists tell us the human response to loss is the same whether the loss is a person or a beloved companion animal.
Our society does not provide adequate support for the loss of our animal companions. Few people pay respect to the bereaved pet owner at home or at a pet funeral home. Other pet owners may attend a pet funeral or offer significant comfort if they are able, but those people may not be close at the time they are needed. Our purpose is to assist pet owners in validating their loss and to support them through the mourning period.
Pet Loss Support Group meetings are held the first Monday of each month from 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at:
First Evangelical Church (in the Library)
735 Ridge Lake Blvd. in Memphis, TN
Call 873-4127 for further information.