SPCA Pet Grief Counseling
The SPCA of Texas offers an innovative and dynamic program designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal. Established and conducted by Dr. Diane Pomerance, certified Grief Recovery Specialist and SPCA of Texas volunteer, the SPCA of Texas' Pet Grief Counseling program offers comfort, guidance and support as well as tools that can help facilitate grief recovery.
The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being. While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.
There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.
Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.
Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., certified Grief Recovery Specialist and SPCA of Texas volunteer, earned her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Diane also volunteers for K-9 Friends Visiting Therapy Dogs of GTDog and Texas Alaskan Malamute Rescue.
Free and open to the public