Learn how to navigate grief during the dying process and after the death of a beloved animal companion.
Wendy Van de Poll has felt a connection with animals since a very young age and then learned about the grief associated with the death of a pet after her own dog Marley died of cancer. She serves as an End-of-Life and Pet Grief Support Coach to help provide a safe place for people to grieve the loss of their animal companions. She shares her tips for surviving grief and also ideas for creating an end-of-life plan for our pets.
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(This interview previously aired on the End-of-Life University Interview Series.)
Whether you live with an animal companion yourself or you know someone who loves a pet dearly, you need to be prepared for the day when that animal reaches the end of life. Wendy Van de Poll helps people prepare in advance for pet loss and also helps them deal with the grief that follows the death of a beloved animal friend.
The impact of the loss of a pet can be more significant than the loss of a human companion.
In this interview you will learn:
- Why it’s important to create an end-of-life plan for pets
- What to include in a pet’s end-of-life plan
- How to make the dying process easier for a pet
- Common myths surrounding grief after the death of a pet
- Advice for those experiencing pet loss grief
- How to support a loved one dealing with grief over the death of a pet
- Suggestions for helping a child cope with pet loss grief
Wendy Van de Poll is dedicated to providing a safe place for her clients to express their grief over the loss of their pets.
Her passion is to help people when they are grieving over the loss of a pet and her larger than life love for animals has led her to devote her life to the mission of increasing the quality of life between animals and people no matter what stage they are in their cycle of life! She has been called the animal whisperer.
She is a Certified End of Life and Pet Grief Support Coach, Certified Pet Funeral Celebrant, Animal Medium and Communicator. She is the founder of The Center for Pet Loss Grief and an international best selling and award-winning author and speaker.
She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Wolf Ecology and Behavior and has run with wild wolves in Minnesota, coyotes in Massachusetts and foxes in her backyard. She lives in the woods with her husband, two crazy birds, her rescue dog Addie and all kinds of wildlife.
Learn more about her work: centerforpetlossgrief.com
Until next week …