Grief Counseling

As pet owners ourselves, our staff understands that the loss of a pet or dealing with a pet's serious illness can be emotionally devastating. For pet owners struggling with the loss or imminent loss of a pet, we offer a complimentary Pet Loss Support Group. This group meets every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm and the second Friday of every month from 1pm-2pm. These sessions are hosted by Dr. Susan Holt, a Pet-Loss Grief Recovery Specialist and Kelly Drescher Johnson, a Pet Chaplain and Certified Trauma Professional.

Dr. Susan Holt, PGRS-C
Pet Loss Grief Recovery Specialist

Dr. Holt graduated with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Santa Cruz and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2009. After moving back to MA, Dr. Holt decided to offer at home euthanasia as her way of giving back to the community, as she knows all too well how difficult this time can be. To further help pet owners, in 2019 Dr. Holt became certified in Grief Counseling for Pet Loss by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals.

Kelly Drescher Johnson
Grief Care Counselor & Certified Trauma Professional

Kelly Drescher Johnson obtained a B.A. in Music Education from Carroll University. She later attended Boston University and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Practical Theology. She is a certified Pet Chaplain through the Association for Veterinary Pastoral Education and a Certified Trauma Professional through Evergreen Certifications. 

These sessions are currently being held virtually and are free to attend. For more information, please email Kelly at [email protected]