This video is a book review for The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. You can buy the book, or the original, non-pet version here:
The period right after your pet has died can be a horrific time to go through. In this video I recommend some activities and resources that can help.
Links mentioned in the video:
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.
This video shows some different ways you can use jewelry to remember your departed pet. Links are below.
Paw Print Necklace. I chose to have mine in aluminum so it would have a silver color, and I requested it to have a circle outline around the paw.
In this short video, I talk about observing your pet’s birthday, even after they are no longer with you.
I shot this video at my office, where I spent a few hours on the anniversary of Ren’s death, so that I could be alone and have some grieving time. Below that are some other videos I mentioned, so be sure to check those out too.
And the video of the poem:
And the slideshow video I made of me and Ren (not on YouTube because it uses a copyrighted song):
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
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.
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.