Did you know that there is a free pet loss grief counseling service in Charlotte, North Carolina? For many of us, losing a beloved pet is losing a beloved member of the family. I've been through this grieving process myself numerous times and personally know many people and family members who have been, as well. Someone who hasn't lost a beloved pet may not realize that the grieving process is very much like grieving for a close human friend or family member who has died. And the sadness over the death of one's dog or cat can linger for a long time, as the bonds between human and animal are often very intense.
Our beloved dog, Gracie, whom I rescued 14 years ago from an abusive environment has recently been diagnosed with cancer. And while I know she's 98+ in human years and is not in pain, I also know that there's not much time left. So my personal grieving journey has already begun and I know that when the end comes it will be a very difficult day. That's why I was fascinated to learn (totally by accident) that in Charlotte, we have a free, monthly pet loss grief counseling service.
Paws, Whiskers and Wags in Charlotte offers a monthly free support group for adults, which is led by a professional social worker, Jill Shipp, a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the areas of grief and loss for two decades. Every year, Paws, Whiskers, and Wags also sponsors a Celebration of Life for all the pets that passed during the previous year. During this Annual Pet Celebration, those who have lost a pet in the past year take the time to remember the irreplaceable role that our pets play in our lives, and honor their memories.
The Pet Loss Support Group sessions are held on the last Tuesday of every month from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at 2511 South Tryon Street in Charlotte. That means there is a session to attend tomorrow, August 25th. TO REGISTER CALL 980-949-8605, or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org.
While this is, by no means, a "happy" topic, it is comforting to know that in Charlotte, North Carolina you can get support and comfort if/when you lose a beloved, four-legged companion through a pet loss grief counseling service.
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