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Grief Counseling for Pets Bluefield WV

As we tend to the animals in our care, we will lose patients to death despite our best efforts. Often at these times, we are exposed to the emotions of the families who have loved them. For some, there are dramatic outbursts; for others, emotions will be put on hold for private moments.

Twyla McGuire Hersman
(304) 431-3010
Princeton, WV
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Veterinary Associates
(304) 425-6501
466 Courthouse Rd
Princeton, WV

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Ms. Sheli Bernstein-Goff
(304) 336-8295
PO Box 295 CSC 134
West Liberty, WV
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in West Virginia
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape
Populations Served
Military/Veterans, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Donald E Worth
(304) 269-3923
Weston, WV
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Nicole Wilson
(304) 696-3876
Huntington, WV
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Postle, Michelle, Dvm - Green Valley Animal Hospital
(304) 327-5173
Blue Prince Rd
Green Valley, WV

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Streit, Willliam, Dvm - All Creatures Veterinary
(304) 425-9944
1027 Stafford Dr
Princeton, WV

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Maryann Gillespie
(606) 626-5300
Kermit, WV
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Lisa Kaplan
(304) 654-5714
Huntington, WV
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Gerontological Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Wendy Zolla Treadway
(304) 897-6028
Baker, WV
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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Respect and Accept: A Look at Grief With the Veterinary Client

Death and dying are uncomfortable subjects. For some, it stirs up painful memories of past losses. For others, it is a reminder of our mortality or the mortality of those we love.

As we tend to the animals in our care, we will lose patients to death despite our best efforts. Often at these times, we are exposed to the emotions of the families who have loved them. For some, there are dramatic outbursts; for others, emotions will be put on hold for private moments.

As different as people are, so are their reactions. No right or wrong. We must respect and accept the fact that we all grieve and express grief in our own way and in our own time, and we must be there to support our clients through this time.

Often, we’re uncomfortable with client reactions. No one likes seeing someone sad and crying, and we fumble, sometimes, in an attempt to make them feel better. Recognize, first of all, that it’s not possible to make them feel better at that time. With that in mind, there are some things you can do and some things that shouldn't be done during those times of client grief.
 
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Ø Find a place for quiet

Whatever the situation—a client rushing in with an injured pet or a pet dead on arrival, or an expected euthanasia—find a quiet place for the family. If a comfort room is not available, an exam room is the next best choice. If they need to fill out paperwork, take it with you as you escort them.

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