Grief and Loss: The Passing of Furbabies and Close-held Pets

Aviva Vincent, PhD, LMSW and Isabel Ballard, MSSA
Monday, November 16, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2 CECs

$40 – UConn SSW Alumni and Current Field Instructors
$50 – All Others
Webinar link will be emailed when your registration is complete

Pets are family. Whether engaging in end-of-life-planning, unexpected fatality, or ambiguous loss (stole/run-away), the pain and grief that a loss triggers is powerful. Studies have highlighted that the grief process associated with pet loss parallels that experienced by people who experience the death or loss of a beloved person. In part, this is due to the active role that pets play in our lives as they age alongside us. Thus, it is advantageous for practitioners to be aware of the importance of a client’s pet, and treat the loss or passing as they would a person.

Participants will:

  • understand the role of pets, the iterative process of grief and loss
  • learn strategies for coping and moving through grief
  • learn about resources for clinicians and clients