"The relationship with people and the animals in their lives is one of unconditional love and companionship. We open our lives, our homes and our hearts to these trusting beings in return for never-ending love and devotion. When our pets become ill or have reached the end of their life span, it is heart breaking. There are ways to make this new reality a bit easier for the person and pet involved. The reality is that this is the loss of a family member and should be handled as such."
Grief isn't limited to the time a beloved pet dies - it can be felt long before and after death. Maine Veterinary Medical Center offers monthly Pet Loss Support Group Meetings to support families with end-of-life decisions, loss, and sadness.
Calendar of upcoming meetings:
Our Pet Loss Support Group meets the 4th Thursday (unless noted here otherwise) of every month at 6:30 pm in the reception lobby. Attendees will be guided upstairs to a private seated setting.
To learn more about our Pet Loss Counselors, please click here.