How to find pet loss support can be a bit of a challenge. Especially when you are suffering from loss.
In this article, I am going to be honest with you. My intention is not to insult anyone. BUT…I am finding more and more untrained people claiming to pet loss grief coaches, mentors, counselors, etc. and consumers are suffering because of it.
Recently I got a number of calls from new clients who were extremely upset by the people they hired to help them with pet loss.
Why? Because of the lack of professional training by the people “helping” them.
Unfortunately, this is becoming an issue where people (with good intentions and hearts) are opening practices to support others with pet loss with no professional training. What I am hearing from clients is serious confusion, intensified grief, and hearts that are not healing.
How to Find Pet Loss Support
When you need this type of support there are a few things to look for. Be particular with who you work with. Make sure they are properly trained.
More than a few times I have witnessed the repercussions of grieving hearts damaged by untrained professionals.
Once you find someone you would like to work with there are questions to ask them to be sure they have the right training.
- Ask them where they got their training—if they just attended pet loss support groups or read books this is not enough training to offer professional services. Although personal experience helps greatly it is NOT enough.
- If they are calling themselves a coach, mentor, therapist, counselor ask them about their training and where they received their licensure or certification.
- Also, ask them how long their training was. Personally, I don’t think a weekend is long enough. There are so many facets that go into pet loss grief support and how to find pet loss support. A weekend can’t go into the depth needed. It takes time and work for the student to learn about their own grief so they can help others.
There are many wonderful, compassionate, and properly trained pet loss support professionals. It may take a little research to find someone. This field is growing and it is important for you as a consumer to find the appropriately trained practitioner. Your heart and grief are important.
Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL is the founder of Center for Pet Loss Grief. She is a pioneer in the field of pet loss and has certified many professionals around the world to become Certified Pet Loss Grief Mentors for Individuals and Groups. Please contact her if you have any questions or concerns.