11:30am – 1:30pm PDT – Online

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 11:30-1:30 p.m.  |  2 CEUs

This workshop will discuss the ways in which pet loss is often an invisible loss, and one that can result in a disenfranchised grief experience. Participants will explore why grief from the loss of a pet can often be just as challenging as a human loss, yet can be treated less-than, and how this dismissed bond can further complicate the grief process.

We will journey together through the lived experience of pet loss by way of reflective images and journal entries by those who are grieving the death of a beloved pet and those who are anticipating the death of a beloved pet.

Pet euthanasia is one of the most challenging aspects of pet loss. We will discuss and understand multiple aspects of this difficult decision and process through the lens of both the griever and the veterinary professional. Participants will learn ways to prepare families and individuals for this difficult decision. Last, we will explore and learn ways to apply a continuing bonds approach to pet loss bereavement.

During this presentation, participants will learn and explore:

  1. Why pet loss is considered a disenfranchised loss
  2. The grief process with pet loss through images and stories
  3. The process family-present euthanasia
  4. How to plan and prepare individuals and families for the death of a pet
  5. A continuing bonds approach with pet loss and bereavement
  6. How to utilize mindful photography and journal writing to mediate the experience of pet loss and grief