Pet Bereavement Support Certificate

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15 hours
Estimated Study Time
15 hours
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Pet Bereavement Counselling

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.

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.

Unit 1

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.

Unit 2

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 mementoes.
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Euthanasia and Bereavement

Students will gain an understanding of the reasons for euthanasia and the circumstances when euthanasia may be required.

Students will learn how the euthanasia process is carried out and the options for the disposal of a deceased pet.

Students will gain an understanding of the stages of grief and be able to recognise each of the stages. 

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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