Celebrating the Holidays Without Your Animal Companion

As the holidays are approaching, Enid Traisman, MSW, CT, and Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, reviews ways that you can honor your pet during the holiday season. These tips can also be shared with clients who may have recently...

When to Say Goodbye

My recent experience saying goodbye to our pug Lucy led me to the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program and Enid Traisman, program director and certified grief counselor.

Ron: I work in a building where end of life for animals is a reality....

Combat Compassion Fatigue with Vet Wrap Art Therapy

Too often we underestimate the power of the smallest act of caring.

- Leo Buscaglia

Sitting around a table crafting in our community room with co-workers is a little thing that many of us look forward to each month. At our staff art...

Supporting a Grieving Veterinary Colleague

When a member of our hospital experiences the death of a personal pet, we all understand the pain they are going through. We know how hard it is to come to work and focus while feeling sad. And while we do an awesome job supporting our clients...

The Value in Veterinary Sympathy Cards

Often during pet loss support groups, clients mention how deeply they appreciated receiving a condolence card from their veterinary clinic after the loss of their pet. This thoughtful act validates that you care about the special bond your client...

Another Q+A: Showing Emotion In Front of Owners

Q: Is showing emotion in front of owners good or bad? We have a lot of long-time clients, and we see their pets as babies, adults and geriatric patients. It is really difficult to not cry when euthanizing a pet we have seen for years.

If...

Talking to Children About Pet Death

The death of a beloved family pet is often a child’s first experience with loss. This sad event, when handled in a sensitive manner, is an opportunity to create a healthy foundation for future losses.

There is no perfectly right way...

Facebook Q+A

Editor's Note: We posted on Facebook asking for suggestions or questions for Enid's blog. 

Q: Enid! Thank you for being willing to talk about grief and compassion fatigue. If we don't talk about it, it's bad news all around. There have...