“My family and I lost 2 dogs in one year. The last was unexpected, and a horrible shock, when the dog passed from surgical complications. My son and I were despondent. I couldn’t get myself to work. My teenage son was very depressed.
Luckily, we met Patricia who was very highly recommended from a local dog rescue group. She was simply wonderful—helped us work through our grief in a respectful, compassionate manner. Her skills were very evident as a grief counselor—she listened with an open, caring heart and was able to give us permission to honor our feelings of loss and anger and sadness. She enabled us to channel our really difficult emotions in a healthy way. It took us quite some time to get over the death of a beloved dog, but I honestly don’t know how I would have made it without her giving us 110% of her time, expertise, and giving us hope that we would someday get through it all.
And we did…but we owe it all to this remarkable woman who has taken the time to find out how to best help persons experiencing the death of a pet. So, If you need a grief counselor I can’t recommend Patricia enough—your life will be enriched—you will be grateful that you gifted yourself a way to heal and deal with such a tragedy in your life!”
“To lose a pet is almost universal and yet we think we are supposed to be sad a bit and at most deal with occasional discomforting reminders. I felt this way until Patricia worked her therapeutic magic. She offered me the chance to explore the feelings of loss and what my long-time feline friend meant to me, the depth of this connection with him and the comfort this gave me. She conveyed a real respect and caring both for me and for my wise and gentle cat, which allowed for some unexpected emotions and insights to surface.
We also explored other losses that insisted on being voiced—what happened to other animals I had in my care who disappeared or who suffered mishaps or unseen illnesses and how a keen sense of responsibility can engender a commensurate pain, guilt, and helplessness. She brought a fount of knowledge, patience, and sensitivity to the process, helping to translate confusion and dismissal into understanding and acceptance. This has helped me discover a deeper, more present appreciation for my furry companions who are still with me. I will always be grateful for this and recommend her gifted counseling without hesitation to anyone who has loved and lost a beloved animal friend.”