Pet Bereavement Counselling Certificate
The Pet Bereavement Course is of benefit to animal care professionals and those who would like to assist when pet owners lose their animal through euthanasia, accident or natural death.
The attachment and bond developed with an animal can be a highly rewarding experience. The pain felt through the loss of a pet is often experienced similarly to human loss and grief.
Completion of the course will enable students to understand pet bereavement and to offer the right support.
Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 20 hours CPD
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The Pet-Owner Relationship & Bereavement Support
Examine the human and animal relationship and commonalities between human and pet bereavement.
Learn how to deal with different types of grief including: Death, the animal went missing or was stolen, the animal was given up for adoption to a rescue centre or another home.
When, how and why to make the decision of euthanasia.
Dealing with death: Natural death, accidental death, unintentional neglect, sudden unexpected death, the animal died whilst left in the care of another person.
Pet Bereavement & Other Support Mechanisms
Gain an understanding of pet loss and the common grief reactions at different ages including: The attitudes of others, children & pet loss, pets the elderly and loss of the family pet.
Learn how to ask questions and how to listen.
Understand the process of loss and the stages of grief.
Learn about pet bereavement and other animals: Assisting other animals who may pine.
Gain an understanding of the practicalities; what to do with a pet's remains and belongings, rituals, goodbyes, ceremonies and mementos.
Pet Bereavement Counsellors can be employed by animal welfare charities and veterinary surgeries; many are self employed people working in this specialised area of Pet Bereavement Counselling. The aim of this course is to review and reflect upon the attitudes and reactions of people before and after the death of a companion animal. Much of the learning is to do with carefully-chosen opinion based upon reflection of approaches to death and how best to support someone who has lost a beloved animal. Therefore, there are several activities and questions to answer some of which may not have a right or wrong answer. The overall assumption of the course is that anyone who approaches a pet bereavement counsellor (or their veterinary practice), has a particular attitude in terms of non-human animal life. They are likely to have the attitude that a non-human animal is sentient (self aware) and, that their relationship with the animal is was and still is significant. Such a person would not approach a pet bereavement counsellor if they did not feel they needed to and, if they could receive the support they need elsewhere. This latter point is covered in a reflection of official processes following human death that is not performed for non-humans.