Grief counseling

As pet parents ourselves, the team at VCA Capital Area Veterinary Specialists understands that facing a pet's serious illness or the loss of a pet can be emotionally devastating. We also know that to care for a sick pet, a family must receive clear information concerning treatment and evaluating options and sometimes, making difficult decisions. Our hospital's veterinarians and staff are here to help you explore your concerns about treatment choices and managing a sick pet at home. We are sensitive to our pet parents needs and provide a pet parent a comfort room where pet parents can spend peaceful time with seriously ill pets. You can count on our team to assist you in every way that we can during times of crisis.

Mora Anderson Allen, M.Ed web site has a wealth of information. She is well known respected counselors and authors on the topics of bereavement and pet loss. Her website has many helpful articles that can viewed and printed.

Below are several we found helpful:

Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss, By Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed

Defining "Quality of Life" by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed

"Pre-Loss Bereavement and the power of Bargaining, By Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed

The moment after: Surviving the loss, By Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed

Euthanasia: the most painful decision, By Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed


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