Our relationships with our pets bring much love and joy to both the human and the animal.
If your pet was an important part of your life, then it is normal to grieve when they die.
Loving animals is an important part of being human
Losing an animal friend can feel as devastating as losing a human loved one...
It's okay to grieve...
with your pet
Understanding grief & loss
Reactions to grief can be manifested many different ways - some of which might be...
- feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, guilt;
- thoughts, such as disbelief, confusion, preoccupation;
- physical reactions like sleep disturbances, empty sensation in stomach, breathlessness or tightness in the chest;
- behaviour such as crying, sighing, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, social withdrawal.
These are only some of the ways that grief is experienced. Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief often experienced through the loss of a companion animal.
Unfortunately, the grief associated with the loss of a pet is often the most misunderstood.
Family and friends often mean well, but can sometimes dismiss your pain and distress.
Counselling can help...
However, not all counsellors specialise in grief and even less deal with the grief associated with Pet Loss.
Share the loss of your pet with a therapist who will understand and support you...
Meet our counsellors...
BA, Grad Dip Ed,, M. Ed (Lead & Man), M, Ed, (Guide & Counsel), Grad Dip Psych Stud.
Janelle grew up in a house constantly inhabited by a menagerie of pets - and remembers how devastated she felt whenever she had to say goodbye and understands the void that our pet’s leaving left in our lives. Janelle's work as a teacher, personal and family counsellor and school guidance counsellor has brought her into touch with others who have shared these same experiences.
BSocSc (Pastoral Counselling), BTheol., Qualified Member of the Australian Counselling Association, Member of the Federation of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Qld
Grace has worked in a variety of counselling and support roles in community centres, schools and churches for 18 years and is experienced in working with children and adults. In counselling, Grace brings both her professional skills and her personal experiences as the owner of multiple pets.