Losing Man’s Best Friend

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Bideawee Pet Loss Support Groups Understand What You’re Going Through

Dogs and cats are members of the family, which makes it even more difficult when our furry friends pass on. After this tragic event takes place, you may begin to feel confusion, anger and other emotions associated with grief, but you should be aware that you’re not the only one who experiences these feelings. While you may look to family and friends for support, oftentimes society doesn’t view pet caretaking in the same light as you, and it can be hard to find people who can truly understand what you’re going through.

Because of this lack of a true support system, social workers and psychologists have begun to recognize the need for pet loss support groups, as pet “parents” oftentimes experience the same emotions associated with losing a family member. A pet bereavement group is a compassionate and welcoming space for getting over the loss of a companion. It will give you a chance to reflect on your pet’s life, share stories and talk about the complex emotions of the situation with others who are experiencing the same thing.

If you’re in the New York City area, attending a local pet loss support group could be a step in the right direction to overcome the loss of your pet. Attendees can register with Bideawee U for a free Manhattan-based pet loss support group by calling 866-262-8133 or emailing manhattanlearning@bideawee.org. Sign up by the Thursday before the first Friday of the month to reserve a spot.

Pet parents who are looking for ways to honor their dog or cat’s memory can also consider a memorial plot at Bideawee’s pet memorial parks. These pristine locations in Westhampton and Wantagh, N.Y., will provide a serene resting place for your pet that you can visit at your convenience.
For more information, visit www.bideawee.org.

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