Recognizing how difficult it can be to lose a 4-legged family member, AHI has teamed with DeJohn Pet Services (a division of DeJohn-Flynn Mylott Funeral Homes) to start a pet loss support group. The group is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a pet or is facing this difficult time.
The group facilitator is Patrica DeJohn, MA, a counselor in private practice with Dr. Thomas Frazier and Associates. She is a member of the Association for Death Education & Counseling, and the Northeast Ohio Bereavement Council.
The Pet Loss Support group meets on Thursdays in AHI's multipurpose room from 6:30pm to 8pm on the following dates in 2014:
No meetings in June, July or August
Below are a few links that be helpful to you and your loved ones as you grieve the loss of your pet:
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Lake Humane Society (you may make a donation in honor of your pet, and he or she will be memorialized in their newsletter)
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...