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Pet Loss Counseling

If you want to resolve your grief and you live in Phoenix or any other location in Arizona, call 602.750.8051.

The Effects of Unresolved Grief over the Loss of a Pet

  • Overwhelming Feelings. The feelings you experience immediately following the loss of a pet can be overwhelming.
  • Sadness and Depression. In the long term, unresolved grief can lead to chronic feelings of sadness which do not go away over time.
  • Sleeplessness. Unresolved grief can lead to problems sleeping.
  • Lack of Concentration. Unresolved grief can lead to difficulty in concentrating.

A Counselor Can Help

Grieving is a natural human reaction to the loss of a pet. But we are rarely taught how to grieve. Many people in our lives are uncomfortable with expressions of grief. So many people who suffer a loss learn to hide their feelings. They do not process through their grief and so are stuck in the grieving process, unable to move on. There are five stages of grief—

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Not everyone goes through every one of these stages and not everyone goes through the stages in this order. Stages may be repeated. The goal is to get through to acceptance—not to forget but to accept so that the loss is no longer overwhelming.

To move through these stages and properly grieve a loss, it is helpful to have someone to talk to who will not feel uncomfortable with your grief but who will help you express your grief in whatever way is best for you. In some circumstance, you may also benefit from medication.

Benefits of Pet Loss Grief Recovery

Grief recovery can have the following benefits—

  • Your grief will not seem so overwhelming.
  • You can talk about the loss.
  • You can begin to live life again, remember and honoring the pet you have lost.

Pet Loss Grief Recovery in Arizona

Grief over the loss of a pet can be resolved. Deer Valley Counseling offers grief counseling and recovery to people in all locations in Arizona. Unresolved grief can cause great emotional distress. Counseling can help. Call 602.750.8051 if you would like to discuss pet loss grief counseling.

We have appointments available evenings and weekends including both Saturday and Sunday. If you call and we do not answer please leave a message.