©  2017 Perfect Paws Pet Ministry @ All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore
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 pet loss bereavement support one-on-one, by appointment, with our certified pet loss beareavement counselor and Pet Chaplain, and also in a group setting, through our Circle of Healing.   Our peer support group functions as a drop in service, on the third Sunday of each month, from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the All Saints North Shore, Danvers, Church Parlor. 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 Parish Hall,  Participants have the option of attending that healing worship service for people and their animals.Our bereavement support is always offered without charge. Please contact our Pet Chaplain to book Individual appointments or to participate in Circle of Healing.  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.Our goal is to help people learn how to navigate through grief,  as well as to support and comfort those in their grief. The Perfect Paws Circle of Healing Pet Loss Counseling service and Peer Support Group strive 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 and safely 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. Our offerings -- free of charge: Individual consultations with our Pet Loss Bereavement Counselor Group sessions and community support Referrals to licensed psychotherapists if requested Education about grief, loss and acceptance Bereavement resources Remembrance and tribute programs Blessing of pet remains by our Priest Memorial Services for family and friends by our Pet Chaplain 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 seven 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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