Pet Loss Support Groups
Certified by the Grief Recovery Institute, our Specialists can work with individuals looking for pet loss support.Find Support
Grief is emotional, not logical.
The grief that comes with any emotional loss can be overwhelming and also very isolating. Often people find that those they normally count on for emotional support are at a total loss when it comes to offering effective and meaningful assistance. This is particularly true when it comes to the loss of a pet. Most people would never consider telling someone who had lost a child or a parent to “go out and get a new one,” but that is often what they tell someone who has just lost their very special pet companion! Pet owners (guardians) often find that the emotional pain of their loss is totally discounted by others around them.
Other friends and family may try to offer logical sounding suggestions why a pet griever should not feel sad. The problem is that Grief is emotional and not logical! You are suffering from a broken heart, not a broken head! The fact that you are seeking help in dealing with that emotional pain is not a sign of weakness, but rather a recognition on your part that you are interested in taking recovery action!
Reviews for GRM Pet Loss Groups
I feel so fortunate to have encountered Cricket-Olivia Forfar. I had never heard of the Grief Recovery Method for Pet Loss and was eager to attend her information presentation. Since what she had to say made so much sense to me I decided to sign up with her.
The book is very informative and lays out the process but I had questions throughout and benefited from the long discussions I had with Cricket. Anyone who tries this with the book alone should be extremely disciplined - I know I couldn't have done it. I needed everything Cricket brought to the table - encouragement, sympathy, patience and understanding. I told a friend what I was doing and she bought the book alone (but she's in a different country.) It was my friend's intention to complete assignments at the same pace as me. Without the commitment of the appointments and the training that Cricket has so she could respond to my questions and challenges, my friend still hasn't finished.
I had many "A-Ha" moments. For example:
- Early in my reading of the book I learned that we are taught to acquire things, not to lose them.
- Virtually all of the phrases used by well intentioned people do not address grief - they at best offer no comfort and at worst are bad advice.
- About two thirds of the way through I found myself laughing at something on television and the sound was so foreign that I realised I hadn't laughed out loud in at least two years. That same week I laughed heartily at something while at work. Co-workers turned and stared at me and one even said she couldn't remember the last time she had heard me laugh.
Make no mistake, this is extremely hard emotional work. I needed Cricket to help me dig deep enough when my natural inclination to avoid or procrastinate surfaced. I didn't want to go through the process, I needed to. Also, this doesn't stop me missing my loved ones. I am still sad and even cry occasionally because their losses have become part of the fabric of my life. But I am not locked into their endings any more, not obsessing about the decisions I made at the time. The memories of the whole relationships and the years of joy we shared make me happy.
I can't thank or praise Cricket enough. She and the Grief Recovery Method have changed my life.Participant in Toronto, Ontario07/03/2019
I found this program to be beneficial to me not just in coping with the loss of my own pet but providing me with resources to help my clients deal with the loss of their pets as well. Working in oncology in a veterinary specialty facility means that each one of my patients is likely to have a terminal disease, and owners need to come to terms with losing their pet. I feel that I am now more capable of talking through grief with owners and providing them with healthy ways to cope with their loss, rather than just sending them to a website or home with a brochure.Participant in Levittown, PA02/26/2019
This program was very informative and gave me some excellent tools to use in not only my private life, but in my professional life as well, as this is something I deal with on a regular basis.Participant in Levittown, Pa02/26/2019
It wasn’t until I met with Gwen did I realize what “grief” actually meant. Gwen is the most compassionate person I have ever met. She is kind, understanding, non-judgmental and so caring. Gwen explained the Grief Recovery Method and the work involved over the next 6 weeks. I immediately signed up to meet with her one-on-one. Finally, a safe place where I could cry and openly talk about my pet losses and not feel judged or crazy. Why was this grief for my dogs more paralyzing to me than I had for some “human” relatives I recently lost? Working with Gwen and going through the suggested exercises in “The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss” was invaluable. The chapters on creating a Relationship Graph, discussing Recovery Categories (apology, forgiveness and emotional statements) and the Completion Letter at the end of the program was life changing for me. There are no words to adequately describe how Gwen helped me through the most difficult time in my life. The key to this program was having an experienced and compassionate listener who made me feel safe and comfortable when I was pouring my heart and soul out. This program will help you gain valuable tools and insight to help you decide if and when you want to welcome another pet into your life. My heart is at peace now. Yes, I still get sad every so often but I don’t get “stuck” in that sadness like I use to. I can now recall stores of Oreo and Spencer and smile (or even shed a few tears) because my heart is no longer shattered.Participant in Commack, New York11/01/2018
In doing the Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss I have the knowledge and skills to use the method in all aspects of loss in my life. I am encouraged and excited to put into practice the skills I have learned!Participant in Boise, ID09/26/2018
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These are the things that our Grief Recovery Method Groups For Pet Loss Groups have to offer:
- These groups are pet loss specific, which means that you will be surrounded by others who have also lost pets and have an understanding of the depth of that kind of emotional pain.
- This approach allows you to work with a Grief Recovery Method Specialist, certified and trained by The Grief Recovery Institute, in a group setting
- Each of these six meetings will last roughly two hours.
- Your Specialist will take you through each step of the Grief Recovery Method, utilizing the materials spelled out in “The Grief Recovery Handbook For Pet Loss.”
- While you may come into this program with a specific loss in mind, your Specialist will lead you through the process of looking at all of the pet losses that have touched you throughout your life, so that you can be focused on the one that has impacted you to the greatest degree.
- Even though you are working in a group setting, your personal focus will be in dealing with the issues of your specific and personal loss.
- These groups include a weekly commitment to total honestly and absolute confidentiality, so that you can comfortably share your feelings
The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss
“For the past forty-four years as a practicing veterinarian, I have wished there was a book I could recommend to my clients to deal with their broken hearts when their pets have died. Finally, The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss (note, title in italics) is available to help them deal directly with their emotions, at the time they most need it."~ Dr. Suresh V. Dogra, DVM, Aloror Pet Clinic, Studio City, California Learn More
“Finally, a safe place where I could cry and openly talk about my pet losses and not feel judged or crazy. Why was this grief for my dogs more paralyzing to me than I had for some “human” relatives I recently lost?...There are no words to adequately describe how Gwen helped me through the most difficult time in my life. The key to this program was having an experienced and compassionate listener who made me feel safe and comfortable when I was pouring my heart and soul out. This program will help you gain valuable tools and insight to help you decide if and when you want to welcome another pet into your life. My heart is at peace now. Yes, I still get sad every so often but I don’t get “stuck” in that sadness like I use to. I can now recall stores of Oreo and Spencer and smile (or even shed a few tears) because my heart is no longer shattered." - Verified participant in New York”
The relationships we form with our pets are often some of the closest and deepest connections we form in life. Each of these relationships are so very special and unique, as are the feelings of unconditional love we experience from our beloved friends. The Grief Recovery Method Pet Loss Program provides helpful information and proven tools to effectively help you with the emotional pain surrounding loosing a beloved pet.