Pet bereavement group therapy offered by veterinarians at Jefferson Veterinary Hospital located in Frederick County MD

Jefferson Veterinary Hospital  offers Complimentary Pet Bereavement Support Group.

The loss of a pet can profoundly affect pet owners.  Jefferson Veterinary Hospital offers support for those who are grieving the loss of a pet, and for those who anticipate such a loss in the near future.  We provide you with a safe, compassionate, and welcoming setting licensed psychoterapist who specialises in grief counseling that offers you the opportunity to talk about the animal you lost and to join others who have a similar experience to yours.

For many of our clients, their beloved pet is an important part of their family.  For people living alone, a cat or dog represents interaction with another living creature and helps fill the void when no one else is around.

The loss of a pet can be a very unsettling experience. The grief surrounding this loss has been compared to the one experienced when a spouse or family member dies.  Feeling sadness, anger, or other psychological or physical effects of grief is normal and mourning a pet is as important as mourning a human.  However, society does not offer a grieving pet owner much sympathy or compassion and pet owners often feel isolated in their grief.

Jefferson Veterinary Hospital recognizes the need for compassionate support during that time of transition and is offering a Pet Bereavement Support Group. This group, run by a professional grief-counselor, offers a safe place for mourning pet owners to express their feelings, talk about their experiences, as well as connect with others who understand.  

While clients of Jefferson Veterinary Hospital receive priority, the group is open to the local community.  Everyone is welcome!  This group is currently offered for adults, but a support group for children may be offered in the future if there is a need or desire.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Veterinary Hospital. There is no charge for this service, but registration is required.

Here are just few of the topics we will consider:

  • Is it unusual to feel so sad at the loss of a pet?
  • What is “normal recovery time” or is there such a thing?
  • How to deal with the feelings of guilt that sometimes hinder healing and recovery.
  • Decision to have another animal, and how soon, if at all.

For more information and registration, please contact: Iwona Gerner, NCC, LGPC, 240-422-8811, or email: