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Veterinarian assistance to help clients cope with pet loss


My initial motivation for the Heal Your Heart: Coping with the Loss of a Pet CD came when I was riding home from my vet's office with the cremains of my 15 year old dog, Pepper.  I love my vet and was touched by the tears in his eyes during the euthanasia procedure.  After the procedure, I found my way through coping since I had significant background in bereavement and pet loss.  I emailed my friends and family, cancelled two days of client appointments, listened to a soothing CD that became my constant companion, and put together a special photo album from pictures I had been collecting over the years.

My inspiration was to develop something that veterinarians could give clients immediately after the euthanasia procedure to help clients cope with the loss of a pet.  The sympathy card a couple days later and a paw print memento are lovely gestures often done, but they do not address helping clients understand and move through the grieving process.  From what I understand, veterinarians prefer to deal naturally in the healing of animals, so this may not be one's area of preference or comfort.


The Heal Your Heart CD is like giving your client their own pet loss support group that they can listen to over and over.  Special discount rates are offered to veterinarians to help get this into the hands of people who most need it, when they need it.  Having a display for client purchase at your facility is another option that could also be an income generation tool.

The 5 Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Pet is a resource that I am providing to veterinarians free of charge.   Simply revise to include your veterinary practice name to show how much you care.  Having a supply of these in your lobby or euthanasia room will ensure that clients get the help they need when they most need it (staff may forget to give it).  Some clinics include with the sympathy card or packet mailed to the clients' home. 

Click Here to Download Free 5 Tips Sheet for Your Practice

Professional pet loss training for veterinary staff is another avenue where we can collaborate.  As a licensed professional counselor with specialized training in bereavement, this could be a valuable in-service program for staff at all levels.  Karen is offering this service on a limited basis.

Please contact me at Karen@HealFromPetLoss.com to discuss how I can help you assist your clients.

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