Posted: Nov 21, 2017
Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of someone loved. Rather than being times of family togetherness, sharing and thanksgiving, holidays can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness.Read More »
Posted: Oct 6, 2017
New grief support options- Eeastern Ontario and western Quebec
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Posted: Sep 19, 2017
From the depths of old internet comments comes another incredible gem of a story. One user wrote the following heartfelt plea online:
"My friend just died. I don't know what to do."
The rest of the post has been deleted, only the title remains. However, the helpful responses live on, and one of them was absolutely incredible. The reply by this self-titled "old guy" might just change the way you approach life and death.
Posted: Apr 19, 2016
This CBC article talks about the new bylaw banning for-profit sales of dogs and cats in Ottawa pet stores.Read More »
Posted: Apr 1, 2016
Dr. Lianna is featured in this New Jersey article about animal hospice. Click "read more" to read the article.Read More »
Posted: Mar 21, 2016
A wonderful article written by Maham Shakeel from CBC News featuring Dr. Lianna. This article talks about pet bereavement days. Some U.S. companies are starting to offer this to their employees.Read More »
Posted: Dec 23, 2015
Pet Loss, Grief & the Holidays
Holidays are usually a time for coming together with friends and family and
celebrating but when a beloved pet isn't present due to loss, the holidays can be a time of intense grief.
Whether it be a recent loss or one from long ago, grief can be present during the holidays turning what usually is a time of merriment into the roller coaster of emotions that come with grief.
It's important to take into account that those in grief may have mixed emotions at this time. While a pet caregiver may be remembering the life of their beloved pet with fondness during the holidays, he or she may also be experiencing the pain of grief at the same time. It's natural to feel intense sorrow and experience the joy of the season in tandem. Feeling conflicted at this time is to be expected.
The holidays can without a doubt intensify loneliness or sadness or cause one to have "grief bursts" when it appeared as though their grief was over. Just remember to encourage pet caregivers who are grieving to reach out for support from those who not just sympathize but truly empathize with pet loss and grief. Finding those who understand
provides pet caregivers permission to grieve and the opportunity to mourn their loss while continuing on their path from grief to healing.
Also, memorializing one's pet at this time can help aid in mourning. Hanging a Christmas stocking or personalized ornament for one's beloved pet can help remember the life and the relationship shared on earth and that we continue to share in more of a spiritual form with a precious pet.
Grief is the hardest work we as human we'll ever do. It becomes easier when another lends a hand. When pet caregivers feel understood, when their pain is acknowledged, they feel less devastated and more supported.
Our thoughts are with all those who are grieving this holiday season.
You are not alone.
Posted: Oct 20, 2015
International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Deems Fifth Conference a Success
(October 1-4, 2015)— San Diego, California was the site of the fifth annual International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care’s conference. Over two hundred participants came to hear the latest in the movement on educating pet care professionals on the various elements of an animal hospice program.Read More »
Posted: Oct 8, 2015
MAKING THAT FINAL DECISION TO SAY GOOD-BYE
You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.