Losing a pet is losing family.


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Supporting You

For many of us, our pets are family members. When it’s time to say goodbye, the resulting sense of loss and grief is as real and sometimes as overwhelming as when we lose a relative or human friend.

Grieving the loss of a friend or companion is a sign of the love that existed between you. The first step in coping with your grief is to acknowledge your feelings. At our support group, you can openly share your feelings with others who are going through a similar experience.

Feel free to bring a picture of your beloved pet and share your pet’s story.

This free and informal support group meets monthly and is for adults 16 years and older. A separate child’s class will be held at the same time for children between the ages of 6 and 16.

Please see our event calendar for upcoming event details.

Group is facilitated by Kim Nguyen-Finn, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor.   Ms. Nguyen-Finn volunteers her time and expertise to this group as a fellow animal lover and her commitment to creating a healthy environment for those dealing with grief.

What to Expect

Here are a few of the topics we 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?

  • Euthanasia: when is it the best alternative? How to deal with the uncertainty and second-guessing that may follow, and how to explain the decision to young children.

  • How to deal with the guilt feeling that sometimes hinder healing and recovery.

  • Decisions on having another animal. How soon, if at all?


If you have questions, please contact Mari at 956-720-4563 or events@pvactx.org for more information. Reservations are not required to attend.

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