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Grief Counseling for Pets Salem VA

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.

Sallie Noonkester
(540) 387-5097
Salem, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sports Counseling, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Susan L Owen
(540) 288-4657
Thriving Families1719 Grandin Rd. SW
Roanoke, VA
Specialties
Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Texas at Austin
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Steven Harris
(540) 816-7042
Roanoke, VA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Martha M Furman
(540) 989-1383
Roanoke, VA
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Hanging Rock Animal Hospital
(540) 632-1904
1910 Loch Haven Dr
Roanoke, VA
Promotion
Call us today to schedule an appointment for your pet!
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Susan M Riggs
(540) 776-1943
Roanoke, VA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Elisabeth Butler
(540) 204-9980
Roanoke, VA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Elizabeth Erwin
(540) 345-5922
Roanoke, VA
Practice Areas
Aging/Gerontological, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mary Mason Banks
(423) 292-3500
Blacksburg, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Vinton Veterinary Hospital
(540) 632-1938
1309 E. Washington Avenue
Vinton, VA
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Microchipping, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

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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