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Pets give us companionship and unconditional love. Our relationships with them are very special. For many of us, our companion animal is a member of the family, and when the bond we share is broken, the resulting sense of loss and grief is as real and sometimes as overwhelming as when we lose a relative or human friend.
Whether an animal dies, is lost or stolen, or must be placed in a new home, sorrow is a normal and natural reaction to the loss of a beloved friend. But our culture doesn’t provide us with the rituals to help us mourn the loss of a companion animal as it does the loss of a human. Even your best friends and relatives may not acknowledge or understand the depth of feeling you have for a lost pet.
The first step in coping with your grief is to acknowledge your feelings. Grieving the loss of a friend or companion is a sign of the love that existed between you. At Animal Humane Society’s Pet Loss Support Group, you can share your feelings with others who are going through a similar experience.
The group is an ongoing, informal support group for adults 16 years and older led by compassionate facilitators. Our drop-in groups are provided to the public for free, and reservations are not required to attend.
Day: Every Monday*
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: AHS Golden Valley
Room: Conference Room D
For easy and convenient access, please park in the North parking lot by our Boarding and Training facilities. The conference room is at the top of the stairs.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending, but are younger than 16, please contact Kenn C. at 612-730-6016 for more information.
* The Pet Loss Support Group will not meet if the city of Minneapolis has declared a Snow Emergency or if Animal Humane Society is closed because of a holiday or inclement weather.