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Welcome to Pet Bereavement Services

“I have seen and helped hundreds of bereaved owners and family members, following their devastating loss”

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ABOUT US

Pet Bereavement Services provides counselling to owners following the devastating loss of a pet. Our family dog Rory (pictured on the left) passed away two years ago and it left a gaping hole in our lives. This as well as helping distressed owners every day in my job spurred me on to pursue a career in counselling and I am due to start a degree in general bereavement shortly.

Rory the family Dalmatian dog
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I think it is an amazing thing you are doing. There's not a lot of support around for what is one of the darkest days of anyone's life. In fact my mums words when I told her was “I wish I had that when my cat Barley died”

- LAURA

BIO

Lisa Howe

Lisa Howe - Pet Bereavement Counsellor

LISA HOWE

Certified in Pet Bereavement Counselling

I am an RCVS registered veterinary nurse with over 15 years experience in the veterinary practice. I gained my Ofqual recognised certificate in Pet Bereavement Counselling in 2016 and went on to start Pet Bereavement Services in the same. After 15 plus years of helping distraught pet owners in practice I felt helpless and wanted to do more. I am passionate and determined to make a change and build a better support network for bereaved owner.

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I have started a Facebook support group for bereaved pet owners in the local area, which is supported by Dignity Pet Crematorium

15
years’ experience in a veterinary practice

RCVS
Registered Veterinary nurse

Ofqual
certificate in Pet Bereavement Counselling
Covering
Fleet, Farnborough and surrounding area

SERVICES

The loss of a pet is a profoundly distressing and emotionally personal time, that is felt differently by everyone. Whether you're an adult, an adolescent or a child the intensity of that grief can be overwhelming. This is because the relationship a person has with their pet can be more profound than any another relationship and those who have recently lost their companion are often shocked by the intensity of their grief.

Pet Bereavement Services are here to help and we offer support to you and your family. Find out more about our services below.

My Beloved Pet - Engraved Slate

PET BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLING

My role as a pet bereavement counsellor is to offer techniques and an unbiased approach to help deal with and understand the grieving process following the loss of a pet.

PALLIATIVE CARE OPTION

As a qualified RCVS registered veterinary nurse I can provide palliative care to your pet under the direction of your veterinary surgeon, in the comfort of your own home. I also specialise in Physiotherapy and I can administer techniques to provide comfort and improve quality of life when an animal is in its final stages.

Palliatve Care for old dogs

PRICES

Each Session costs £25 per hour. There is always the option of extending the session by 30 minutes if you feel you would like more time to talk, this would be additional cost of £12.50. Sessions can be held in the comfort of your own home or at a location in Fleet, Hampshire.

WHERE

Sessions can be held in the comfort of your own home or a location in Fleet, Hampshire.

WHEN

Sessions can be held during the day and evening

HOW LONG

Sessions are 1 hour long. This can be extended by 30 minutes at a time

HOW MUCH

Sessions are £25 for the first hour, each addition 30 minutes is an additional cost of £12.50

MY FOREVER PET

There's something missing in my home, I feel it day and night. I know it will take time and strength before things feel quite right.

But just for now, I need to mourn, my heart-- it needs to mend. Though some may say it's "just a pet", I know I've lost a friend.

You've brought such laughter to my home, and richness to my days, a constant friend through joy or loss, with gentle loving ways.

Companion, pal and confidante, a friend I won't forget, you'll live for always in my heart, my sweet forever pet.

- AUTHOR UNKNOWN

CONTACT US

For further information and advice please contact us using the form below, email lisa@petbereavementservices.co.uk, or call Lisa Howe on  07901 551677

QUERIES

lisa@petbereavementservices.co.uk

Pet Bereavement Information

Your pet was a member of the family: a member with a role in the family structure, just as any human member would have and so the bonds that are formed are as strong as the bonds formed from human to human. When we can understand the relationships between humans and animals and the role that our pets play in our lives, then we can see that the emotions we feel following the loss of a pet are completely normal and understandable.

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This is because the relationship a person has with their pet can be more profound than any another relationship

Helping children cope with the death of a pet

When it comes to children, there are some unique needs to consider when explaining and helping them cope with it.

We have a free worksheet produced by Kidlutions that will help your child grieve the loss of a beloved pet.

EMOTIONS

Here are some of the most common emotions and the ways in which they can manifest themselves:

SHOCK
  • Making people more accident prone
  • Emotional numbness
DENIAL / DISBELIEF
  • “This hasn’t happened. They’ll appear soon”
SADNESS
  • At the death and related losses
GUILT
  • For the way in which the death happened or at how the death could have been prevented
ANGER
  • At what had happened
  • At someone or something
  • At whoever may have caused the death or allowed it to happen
SHAME
  • For not reacting as one would expect or perceive they should

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

Physical symptoms of grief may include:

  • Headaches
  • Feeling Sick
  • Exhaustion
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Loss of Short-term Memory
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Weight Fluctuation

Every person experiences grief differently, and feelings often change from day to day. It is very important to remember that all of the emotions listed are natural and normal responses to a bereavement. You must not be frightened to show your emotions following a pet bereavement, talking about how you feel can really help.

Grieving is often a painful process that takes time.

UPCOMING LECTURES

FOR VETERINARY PROFESSIONALS

PET BEREAVEMENT & STAFF WELLBEING SEMINARS

Helping your team create a successful euthanasia & after death care experience

Wednesday 13th / Thursday 14th / Saturday 16th September 2017 at 10.30am

Tickets available for purchase until Midnight on September 6th 2017 from MYF Training