Pet Loss and the Elderly

In September 2014, it was my privilege to participate in the IAOPCC's Pet Bereavement Certification program led by Dr. Betty J. Carmack ( The program covered subjects including the human-animal bond, understanding grief, communication skills, challenging client interactions, complicated grief, and children and pet loss. However, of particular interest to me was the section on pet loss and the elderly. Generally speaking I consider myself an empathetic person, but what I realized from Dr. Carmack's program is that there are aspects specific to an elderly pet parent's grief that I had never even considered, and I'm sure I'm not alone. [...]

By |2016-04-19T18:52:16+00:00October 21st, 2014|