Bonding With Your Pet

I decided to cover a  happier topic in this video. I discuss how to spend time with your pet in a more “mindful” way, which can help strengthen your bond.

There’s No Shame in Grieving for Your Pet

In this video I talk about how some people are made to feel ashamed or embarrassed about their feelings when a pet dies. Luckily, in the last several years, it has become more “accepted” in society that people will grieve over a pet. Whatever your feelings are, they are not “wrong” and you are definitely not alone.

In the video I mention several different articles on the topic, which you can find at these links:

My cat died, and it affected me as much as losing my dad – The Telegraph, July 5, 2015

10 Ways That Losing a Pet is Worse Than Losing a Human – Huffington Post Canada, November 16, 2014

On Losing a Dog – National Geographic Phenomena blog, November 21, 2013

Our cat was like a family member – The Guardian, October 12, 2012

Mourning a pet isn’t what it used to be – The Boston Globe, December 3, 2014

Animal Loss – Wikipedia

Introductory Video

I’ve posted my first video, an introduction to who I am and what I will be discussing on this blog and the YouTube channel – that is, pet loss, grief and spirituality, as well as my journey to become a Pet Chaplain. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the YouTube channel to be notified when I post a new video.

Links from the video:
Certification from
Emerson Theological Institute – Animal Chaplain Credential


I’m Jaclyn, a bereaved pet owner who wants to help others going through the same thing. I’m working to become a pet chaplain, but also have a YouTube channel, and this blog, where I’ll be discussing the pet-human bond; love and loss; spirituality; and how to deal with grief.

I am also available locally to perform pet memorials and funeral services.

Stay tuned for more posts, as well as my introductory video.