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Karen Litzinger's Journey with Animals: My inspiration for the Healing Hearts pet loss CD came while driving home from the veterinarian with the cremains of my 15 year old dog, Pepper, who I had since a puppy from a local rescue league.  Originally I wanted to create something that a vet could give grieving clients right after the euthanasia procedure to supplement the personal support and follow-up sympathy card.  I created a pet loss booklet for veterinarians, but the CD is what I hope will serve those experience pet loss grief in a more profound way. 

Karen, Pepper and Zep

Just as I found comfort in listening to a special music CD as I grieved for Pepper, I hope that some part of this CD will help in the healing process for you or the person to whom you give the CD.  I was further motivated on my journey to create this CD when my 13 year old dog, Zep, died just four months after Pepper.  The loss of my dogs is what inspired me to dedicate this CD to my beloved dog children, Pepper and Zep.

My first dog, Ginger

My path of pet love began with my dog, Ginger, who was a surprise gift to me from my brother when I was five years old.  She was my closest "sibling" and best friend, and lived a well-loved 13 years.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania, I continually seek out educational opportunities.  Although my specialty is career counseling, because of my interest in pet loss, I chose to attend a weeklong training through the American Academy of Bereavement to become a Certified Bereavement Facilitator.  As part of renewing the certification, I did an internship under the direction of a psychologist through the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement, a wonderful organization that hosts on-line chat rooms about the euthanasia decision and pet loss.


I have a special interest in ritual as part of the healing process and conducted numerous non-denominational animal blessings and memorial services on a personal and professional basis. For four years after publishing the CD, I offered pet loss counseling, but no longer do so.

Thank you for letting me share my journey with you, and I would feel honored if my CD can be part of the pet loss healing journey for you or pet lovers you know.

Heal from Pet Loss, publisher of Heal Your Heart: Coping with the Loss of a Pet
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