Do you feel overwhelmed in your grief process?
Do you wish that you had more support from others in your life?
Are you feeling “stuck” and not sure how to move forward while honoring your relationship with your animal friend?
Have you experienced multiple losses (animal and/or human deaths, anticipatory grief, other life transitions)?
Do you want to gain specific skill sets and strategies to help you cope and find hope and healing on your journey?
We are here for you.
At Summit Veterinary Referral Center, we are now offering the Grief Recovery Pet Loss Support Group, an evidence-based curriculum that is a supportive and action-oriented process to help you move towards healing. Moving towards healing is not solely about time, but rather your action(s) within that time. Recovery does not mean “getting over”… rather, recovery means coming out of the grip of the devastating pain of your loss and finding joy, gratitude, meaning and hope on the other side of your process.
Many of us have been taught from an early age or have learned the following myths about grief:
- Time heals all wounds
- Get over or replace your loss
- Don’t feel bad
- Grieve alone
- Be strong
- Stay busy
- Grief is predictable and moves in stages (there is an “end-point” or “closure”)
These myths are not helpful to the healing process. Losing our beloved animals can be one of the most painful losses we ever experience. It must be honored, felt and expressed. It can be a lonely road and misunderstood by our family, friends, co-workers and society. This group dispels all the myths, honors your relationship with your beloved animal friend, and offers you specific skills and strategies to find hope and healing. You will be surrounded by a supportive community of other like-hearted individuals who can relate to your process.
Details: This is a 6 week group, starting on Tuesday 9/10/19, 6 pm – 8 pm. The fee is $20 (which includes the cost of the book “The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss”).
Location: SURGE South Tacoma offices: 5401 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
Facilitators: Rachel Wright, MSW, LSWAIC, Summit Veterinary Referral Center’s social worker/certified grief recovery specialist; Allison Rolfe, masters-level advanced social work intern.
Registration: For more information and to register for group, please contact Rachel Wright at 253.983.1114 ext 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration closes on Friday, 9/6/19.
We hope you will join us!
Rachel Wright, MSW, LSWAIC
Veterinary Social Worker