Having an aging or seriously ill pet…
…means looking the future in the eye as you deal with today.
Making decisions today, just in case…
…is a form of love that can ease suffering later.
Your pain from a pet's death or loss is because of your love.
That love will never leave your heart.

An Animal Family Member Is Not "Just a Pet"

Your animal companion is dear to your heart.
When they're aging, or ill past the possibility of a cure – or they have to leave your home – your own life may feel like it's collapsing.
And after their death – or after re-homing them – you may wonder if you're going crazy.

An animal you bring into your home becomes a family member. You love it deeply. You take responsibility for it and do everything you can to care for it. And then, at some point, the part comes that’s so hard…

When your animal companion approaches the end of its life, you have to make medical decisions while dreading the responsibility. And when it dies, your heart breaks.

Or, you may have to let your pet go to a new home for any number of reasons. When this happens, you may have layers of feelings or concerns. And your heart may break.

Whatever brings the end of your time with this special animal, you may feel very alone while you go through all this, because so few people really understand the strength of your connection to your animal companion.

As you might guess, I have a special place in my heart for pets. That’s why I have a special program for “pet parents” like you. Read about the three parts of it below, then let’s talk about how I can help you through what you’re facing now.


Please note: I do not provide medical/veterinary advice.

Coping when your animal companion will be leaving your side forever

When your animal companion is aging, has a serious or terminal injury or illness, or needs to be given up, it may feel like more than you can handle without some support.

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Individual Support

We can explore anything that's on your mind or your heart related to the illness or the potential death – both how you're coping and practical matters.
Some topics might be:
• What will happen as your pet gets sicker? What if they die?
• Understand what's ahead and plan for how to cope.
• How to stay calm.
• How to work with your veterinary team. Understand what they are saying, and know what questions to ask.

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Coping Support Groups

A safe place to connect with people who understand what you and your pet are going through.
• Explore coping techniques, self-care practices, and other resources.
• Share your concerns.
• Offer and receive support.
• Learn from each other’s experiences.

• Facilitated peer support, so there's time for each participant.
Groups meet weekly. Before your first group meeting, call for a short chat to make certain the group is a good fit for your situation.

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Consultation with You and Your Veterinarian

When you're worried because your animal companion is really sick, you may not be able to take in a lot of new information. Just when that's super-important.
• Relax into my practical support and calming presence as we explore the realities of your pet's medical situation with your vet.
• Get a full understanding of your choices and what each one could mean for your pet.

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In-Person Support for Euthanasia (having your pet "put to sleep")

It can be very helpful to have someone with you for calm, steady support. Once we have an established working relationship, you can choose to have this support before, during, and/or after your pet's death.
I can meet you at your vet's clinic or, in many cases, at your home.

Creating a plan for when others are responsible for your pet

What medical care would you want for your pet if you weren’t available to make those decisions? Your pet sitter, veterinary team, and the emergency vet clinic would love to know what to do – and what not to do – for your animal companion!
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Individual or Family Session to Create a Plan

• Understand how this can help your pet get the care it needs – especially in emergencies.
• Learn about various elements and structures.
• Choose what's important in your situation.
• Decide how to know when to update this information.
• Create your personalized document(s).

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Workshop: Why Make an Advance Medical Care Plan for Your Pet?

• Overview of uses and benefits.
• Description of elements and structure.
• How to choose what's important in your situation.
• Option for a private consultation to review the document you create after the workshop.
• Discount on an individual or family session to create your personalized document(s).

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Revision sessions

Help with reviewing your pet's Advance Medical Care Plan based on health changes or other changes.

When your heart-animal has died (or left your life another way)

Although the ways our pets leave us can be different, we all grieve the hole in our life when it happens.

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Individual Support

You likely have so many thoughts, feelings, and questions tumbling around. This is your time to focus on your connection with your animal companion - how much you love them, how much you miss them, and how life has changed without them.

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Pet Grief Support Group

A safe place for your grief when a companion animal has died, has become lost, or has been given up.
• Be with people who understand your responses and concerns.
• Learn from each other’s experiences and from research on bereavement and human-animal relationships.
• Offer and receive support.
• Facilitated peer support, so there's time for each participant.
Groups meet weekly or biweekly (fortnightly). Before your first group meeting, call for a short chat to make certain the group is a good fit for your situation.

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Consultations on Specific Situations

Some examples:
• Creating a memorial for your love.
• When to get another pet.

Help with planning. Understandable information. Compassionate support.
Contact me to learn more: (541) 255-7116 or care @ companioning.care

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