Okanagan group supports those dealing with death of a pet

Okanagan Pet Cremation will hold its first session on Aug. 21

Having a squishy fur ball in your life can elevate your mood, improve your day-to-day, reduce depression, stress and loneliness.

Pets become a part of the family and so when your beloved companion dies the grief can be just as painful as losing a human loved one.

Guardians can struggle with unresolved grief which can be challenging to work through.

Okanagan Pet Cremation has witnessed the impact that pet loss grief can have on its clients.

The pet cremation company is now looking to offer a monthly peer-run pet loss grief support group to help those face the loss of their loved one.

READ MORE: Finding support in the Okanagan after the death of a pet

Cammie Ouellette of Okanagan Pet Cremation explained that sharing stories of grief and mourning in a supportive atmosphere with others who have experienced similar losses lets people know they are not alone.

“When we lose a beloved pet, it helps to acknowledge our loss, and express our grief to work through our pain”, explains Ouellete. “These informal get-togethers will allow people to mourn the loss of their pet with others in a comfortable, understanding atmosphere.”

Anyone who is having difficulty with the loss of their pet is welcome to come and share as much or as little as they want.

The first support group session will be Wednesday Aug. 21, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Malachite Midwives Clinic, 1955 Bowes St. Kelowna, BC. These sessions are free, but RSVP to book a space, as space is limited.

To RSVP please contact Cammie Ouellette at griefsupport@okanaganpetcremation.ca or call or text 250-863-8163.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Central Okanagan public schools address lead levels in district’s water

Secretary tresurer has sent letter to boad education members on updates to situation

City preparing new agricultural irrigation rates for Southeast Kelowna

Over 500 agriculture utility customers are preparing to transition to the city’s water system

Kelowna RCMP investigating assault outside strip club

A man was assaulted outside Liquid Zoo on Nov. 3

Developer proposes ‘eco-villa’ in West Kelowna

The quasi off-grid proposal includes building 16 residential units at 3060 Seclusion Bay Road

Gym enthusiasts invited to get in gear for kids

Spin4Kids Saturday at GoodLife Fitness

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

Malakwa woman still in the running for winning American baking show

Janet Letendre is the only Canadian competing on the Holiday Baking Championship

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

New Okanagan resident building skills and community

The Respect Works Here November Multicultural Community Champion

Business savy volunteers sought in North Okanagan

Community Futures looking for members to join advisory panel, board and loans committee

SilverStar to open Nordic trails Saturday in North Okanagan

25 km of groomed trails are ready to explore by cross-country skiers

Salmon Arm businesses tipped off to Black Press advantage

Black Press Media hosts day of presentations for local business representatives

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

Most Read