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Circle of healing Pet loss support from a community that cares Perfect Paws Pet Ministry (PPPM), which fosters love and respect for all of God's creatures -- offers a pet loss bereavement peer support group called The Circle of Healing, which functions as a drop in service, on the third Sunday of each month, from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Church Parlor. Please contact us prior to attending. Individual appointments are also available by contacting our Pet Chaplain.  The group welcomes anyone who is anticipating or has recently experienced the loss or a much loved animal friend, and gathers immediately prior to the Perfect Paws Pet Ministry worship service, which begins at 5 p.m., in O’Neill Hall.   About the Grieving Process The grief that comes with the loss of an animal companion, whose life we share so completely, is normal and expected. Yet, often, the impact of loss and the resulting grief can be equal to or sometimes greater than the loss of a human friend or relative.   The bond between an animal friend and its human is often deeply intimate, pure and undemanding -- devoid of the complications that can accompany human relationships.   Although each person's grief is as unique as his or her relationship is with a beloved animal, there are stages of grief that humans go through when a pet dies: shock and disbelief, anger, alienation, distancing, denial, guilt, depression, and ultimately, acceptance and resolution. Not everyone experiences them all, or in the same order, yet, grief for a deceased animal friend can come in waves and be powerful and overwhelming.The Perfect Paws Circle of Healing Pet Loss Peer Support Group strives to empathetically minister to people who struggle with recent pet loss, to help them find support and validation for their grief, as well as solace, peace, renewal and hope.  At Circle of Healing, recent grievers, or those anticipating a loss, discover that they are not alone.
Our support group offers a safe, comforting, nurturing and supportive environment in which members are free to openly express their feelings. With us, they can find a place to grieve and share, and derive the benefit of knowing that their painful experience is shared by others. Fran Weil is our pet chaplain and APLB certified pet loss bereavement counselor. Please contact her if you or someone you know would like to talk about pet loss support. Remembering My Pet: A Kid's Own Spiritual Remembering Workbook for When a Pet Dies Do you have a child who has or is about to experience the loss of a much-loved pet? Here is a book, recommended by our priest, The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, that can offer some solace. For children 7 to 13. You can purchase it at Amazon, and if you go through our Amazon Affiliates portal, you will help All Saints generate extra dollars. Thank you!
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