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If you are a pet owner whose pet is in failing health, or if you have sadly experienced the recent passing of a pet, the following information may help guide you through this difficult period with knowledge, understanding and peace of mind. This...
Talking to Children About Pet Death: Pt 2
Dealing with a pet’s death is hard, and can be even harder when children are involved. Kids may not understand the magnitude of their pet’s illness, the related expenses, or how to assess quality of life. During these times, you can help clients...
Dealing with Guilt
Guilt is a common feeling among participants in the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program. Enid Traisman, MSW, CT, and Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program reviews how to help those dealing with feelings of grief after losing a pet....
Coping with Grief and Loss
How does grief differ when a pet is lost due to old age versus a sudden tragedy? Enid Traisman, MSW, CT, and Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, reviews how clients may feel and react after losing a pet in each circumstance....
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.
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...
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...