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PET BEREAVEMENT: A COMPLEX JOURNEY
WITH DEBRA MILLIKAN
Few people really understand the complications that grief over the death of a loved one can bring. Even fewer understand that those same feelings can and do occur at the death of a beloved pet.
In this mini-workshop Debra discusses the many types of grief and their impact on pet guardians and their families. She discusses the grief that pets left behind can also feel.
Knowing what happens to your pet’s body after death can help the grieving process. Grief is a very personal journey (despite society’s expectations of it) and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. There is no time limit on grief. There are, however, warning signs of when help is warranted.
Often the death of a pet is the first time a child experiences death. A delicate subject that will also be covered. How do you tell your children about the fact that their best friend needs to be euthanised? Why you don’t tell children the pet is going to be “put to sleep”. How children can be helped through the process will also be covered.
The complex journey that is grief will be covered in general terms, with limited time allowed for discussion of personal experiences
Date: Please add yourself to the waitlist above. When there's enough interest we will set a date that suits all interested.
COST: $100 (4 places only)
ABOUT DEBRA MILLIKAN
Losing her heart dog Mace to an unexpected brain aneurism, saw Deb, who has been a dog trainer for over 45 years, struggle to make sense of her loss. In the hope of better understanding her loss, she undertook the UK based Pet Bereavement Counselling Advanced Diploma, passing with Distinction.
Deb has authored in peer-reviewed journals and is co-author of a book regarding regulation of the pet training industry. She is a national and international speaker, speaking at various dog training and behaviour conferences in Australia, New Zealand and the US, and has run training skills workshops around Australia and New Zealand.
With an enthusiasm for teaching and sharing her knowledge, Deb brings a wealth of experience, passion, and scientific understanding to our wonderful world of dogs and how we interact with them. She has a deep knowledge of pet loss and its impact on human emotions and joins the team at For the Love of Your Dog to help those who wish to better understand pet bereavement or who need help in making sense of their own personal grief.