Pet Loss Grief Support Animals in our Hearts  Animal Communication Teresa Wagner
  • If you were to see your true self, your own brilliant soul, you would find that you are worthy of great love. The highest truth of this exists within the heart of each one of us.
    Getting just a glimpse of that can change our lives. ~ Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

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Working with a grief counselor can be a deeply supportive and comforting part of our healing process as we deal with the death, or impending death, of our loved ones.

Sometimes when we lose an animal loved one it can feel as if we are grieving alone--people around us may not understand the magnitude of our love for our animal, the true significance of the relationship, or the depth of our grief. It can often seem like others just don't comprehend what we are going through. Even those who genuinely care about us may not truly understand what our animal means to us or the level of pain the loss brings. This can leave us feeling alienated, misunderstood, stuck or wondering if something is wrong with us at precisely the time that we most need support, understanding and acknowledgement of the significance of what we are experiencing and what we have lost.

Sometimes, even when we are blessed to have people in our life who understand our relationship with our animals, these caring people may not be skilled in listening without imposing unsolicited opinions, advice or platitudes, or may not have the knowledge or skill to help us through overwhelming feelings such as anguish and guilt, in making those heartbreaking decisions about end-of-life, or feeling stuck in our grief and not knowing how to get through it.

It can be extremely valuable and healing to have one-on-one time with a trained, skilled, empathic,  pet loss grief counselor who can provide us with:

  • A safe place to tell our story, one-on-one, without interruption, with someone who cares, who understands, who listens attentively and will not judge our decisions or  how we feel, how long we’ve been grieving or how we are grieving.

  • Loving acknowledgement of the depth of our bond with animals and the true scope of our loss, or impending loss, helping us know we are not alone, and certainly not crazy or somehow wrong to love and mourn for our beloved animals as much as we do.

  • Support and guidance for the anxiety, stress and challenge of dealing with terminal illnesses, anticipatory grief and making end-of-life decisions. 

  • A safe place to express any and all of our feelings, to have someone listen to all that is in our heart—however strong, confusing, contradictory, or overwhelming our feelings may seem at times—and have them accepted without judgement, with love, compassion, empathy and understanding.

  • Support and professional guidance to work through the very common, challenging and often overwhelming issues of despair and guilt (i.e., feeling like we may never get through the overwhelming pain, questioning whether we did enough for them, made the right choices, made those choices in the right timing)

  • Tools and guidance for everyday coping with the despair of loss and for long term healing to find peace, meaning and growth. These tools may include providing insights, expressive art therapy, guided visualizations and meditations, EFT (tapping to release the intensity of pain), journaling and other written exercises—and would be suggested and offered when the counselor believes they would be relevant and helpful, but never imposed.  

  • Perhaps most of all, having a person who deeply cares, understands and who will not attempt to pacify us with platitudes or impose their own religious, spiritual or new age beliefs about how we are supposed to view animals, our loss, or how we are supposed to heal. Having a compassionately skilled, unconditionally loving witness to our loss, our grief and our process of healing can make all the difference in how we heal our hearts and come closer to finding peace.

    For those who desire it, these sessions can also include communication with their animal.

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One Counseling Session:
30 minutes $98 
60 minutes$195
90-minutes $265

Discounts for multiple one hour sessions, paid in advance:
3 sessions $495 ($90 savings--would be $585 full price; must be used within 12 months)

6 sessions $995 ($175 savings--would be $1,170 full price; must be used within 18 months)

10 sessions $1,700 ($250 savings--would be $1,950 full price; must be used within 2 years)

All multi-sessions series include the following gifts:

If counseling is not affordable to you at this time:

You may want to consider asking a friend or family member who wants to help you through your grief if they might want to sponsor all or part of the counseling fee as a gift of support. 

You may want to consider receiving guidance and support with an on demand workshop on pet loss ($48) which costs less than one counseling session ($98-$265), yet still provides you with comprehensive, in-depth, loving help for your loss and your pain.


Teresa has a masters degree in counseling psychology, has also completed post graduate work in counseling with Carl Rogers at the University of Nottingham; the Clinical Training Program in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the National Center for PTSD, Dept. of Veterans Affairs; and has studied with Elizabeth Kubler Ross, Stephen Levine, and John James at the Grief Recovery Institute. She takes ongoing classes with the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and has presented at their international conference. Teresa believes that the loss of a beloved animal is just as significant to many people as the loss of a human, and would never belittle the loss of an animal, even subtly, as something less important than human death. She has offered pet loss grief counseling and taught workshops in healing grief from pet loss since 1986, and founded and manages The Animal Loss and Grief Support InstituteAnimals and the people who love them are the focus of her life's work.
You can read more of her bio here.