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Whether sudden or the result of a lengthy illness, the passing of a beloved animal companion may leave us overwhelmed with grief. I had no idea it would hurt this deeply. In fact, the loss of my beloved feline family Pablo and Nellie, in 2008, exactly one month apart, took my breath away…followed by the death of Isabella several months later, I didn’t know where to turn for help with my grief. Fearing judgment, I grieved privately. This sense of isolation and the desire to connect with like minded individuals led me to create a support group for those grieving the death of beloved animal companions. From the the very first Beyond the Paw Print Pet Loss Support group meeting in March 2009, I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of like minded individuals. As a result of attending BTPP meetings, attendees have learned that their grief is legitimate and that healing is possible. Beyond the Paw Print Productions, L.L.C. was created to achieve three important objectives.
- The first objective of Beyond the Paw Print is to provide support for those grieving the loss or anticipated loss of their animal companions. Attendees of the meetings will find their experiences and feelings validated in a safe and supportive environment. Please see the Support Group page of this website for further details. Visit the Resource page and find a list of websites and book titles on grief and healing.
- The second objective is to provide online support through our social media which include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to create a dialogue with like minded individuals in a caring, judgment free community. Participants find support and validation in their grief and discover that healing is possible.
- The third objective is to provide support for the veterinary community, who themselves often experience distress and grief associated with end of life patients and euthanasia. These emotions are often stifled and may remain unaddressed. Please visit the Vet Professional page for information about on-site support group sessions for your veterinary team.