Workshops to Help You Cope with the Heartache of Pet Loss

| May 31, 2024

Losing a pet is an incredibly tough experience for humans. Our pets are more than just animals; they are beloved family members, loyal companions, and sources of unconditional love and joy. When we lose them, whether through death, surrender, rehoming, or a lost pet, the grief can be profound and deeply personal. 

The bond we share with our pets is unique and special. They provide comfort, companionship, and emotional support, often during our most challenging times. This bond makes their loss especially difficult to bear. The emptiness and sadness that follow can be overwhelming, and the grief experienced is as real and intense as losing a human loved one. 

To help cope with this significant loss, the Collaborative Learning College of CAMH and Community Veterinary Outreach are offering two different workshops in June, designed to support individuals navigating the journey of pet loss. 

Course 1: Navigating Pet Loss with Community Veterinary Outreach

Community Veterinary Outreach is hosting a Community Support Project aimed at normalizing pet loss grief so those struggling do not feel alone. This virtual workshop will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 6:30-8:00 pm ET, and tickets are available for $15. 

Presented by Melanie Savage, MSW, RSW, this workshop acknowledges the numerous forms of pet loss and provides simple and effective ways to navigate this journey. Topics include: 

  • Why pet loss is so hard 
  • How grief can manifest 
  • Concrete ways for you to journey through and carry your grief 
  • Pet loss resources
  • Q&A session 

Click here to register for the Navigating Pet Loss Workshop by Community Veterinary Outreach 

Course 2: Writing Through Grief with the Collaborative Learning College of CAMH

This free six-week facilitated writing group is designed for people coping with the loss of a companion animal. Running from Wednesday, June 19 to Wednesday, July 24, the sessions will be held online from 1:00-2:30 pm ET. 

In a supportive group environment, participants will write and share their memories and experiences of loss, discovering new thoughts, feelings, and ideas that will help them move forward and adjust to life without their beloved animals. The course is led by Nadja Lubiw-Hazard, a writer and veterinarian experienced in pet loss. 

Click here to register for the Collaborative Learning College at CAMH. 

Why These Workshops Matter

Both workshops offer invaluable support and guidance for those struggling with the loss of a pet. They provide safe spaces to express grief, share experiences, and learn strategies to cope with the emotional pain. Understanding that you are not alone and that your grief is valid can be a crucial step toward healing. 

At Toronto Humane Society, we recognize the profound impact pets have on our lives and the immense sorrow that comes with their loss. We encourage anyone dealing with pet loss to consider attending these workshops. They can offer comfort, community, and a path toward healing as you navigate this difficult time.