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Grief Counseling for Pets Valley AL

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.

Lynn Eversman Norris
(706) 315-7748
Hamilton, GA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tigertown Veterinary Hospital
(334) 741-8884
2711 Frederick Rd
Opelika, AL

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Thornton Animal Hospital
(334) 745-2541
229 Columbus Pkwy
Opelika, AL

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Jennifer, Elrod Dr
(334) 749-2025
1615 2nd Ave
Opelika, AL

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Mr. James Russell
James E. Russell,Ed.S.,LPC
(205) 387-0902
131 Portzer Rd
Jasper, AL
Credentials
Credentials: EdS, LPC
Licensed in Alabama
37 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Stress, Sleep Disorders
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Valley Veterinary Assoc
(706) 663-2128
937 W Harris St
Pine Mountain, GA

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Hunt, Gary L Dr
(334) 749-2025
1615 2nd Ave
Opelika, AL

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Carroll, Misty, Dvm - Tigertown Veterinary Hospital
(334) 741-8884
2711 Frederick Rd
Opelika, AL

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Ms. Tamara Jenkins
Tami Jenkins, ACSW, LCSW, PIP
(334) 244-7322
4252 Carmichael Road Suite 228
Montgomery, AL
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LCSW, PIP
Licensed in Alabama
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Gayle Janzen
Cahaba Psychology Center
(205) 403-0955
2 Riverchase Office Plaza Suite115
Birmingham, AL
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D.
Licensed in Alabama
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Phobias, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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