“I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for lending an ear and being too utterly kind and supportive, permitting me to voice my sorrow and for your kind words of understanding, encouragement and CARING and for you follow up phone calls. I REALLY appreciated that more than you can imagine. Thank you very very much for permitting me to share my pics, links and poems with you and for being such Angels on Earth, helping those with heavy hearts.” God Bless, LC
“I know that from the first night we were able to cry openly and laugh at the memories of our beloved pets and that we were among those who really understood how we felt. I didn’t feel ‘stupid’ or ‘nuts’ for doing so. Of course I’ll always have fond memories of all my cats who have passed on but love the (four) boys and (one) girl I have now even more. My cats are not just ‘pets’ but loving members of my family. I’m just so glad that others feel the same about their four footed family member.” -T.
“I’d like to thank Brien for offering his heart and time to those of us that view our animal friends as important in our lives. He offers a safe place to learn about and process our loss. Thanks again Brien!” -T.A.
“We were so thankful that we discovered the Pet Loss Bereavement and that it helped us to get our lives under more control. The first night was very tough and we really questioned if this was going to help us at all. But the second and third weeks became much easier. Thank you, Brien, because you helped us through a very difficult time and we are better for the experience.” -K.J.
“Managing a cat rescue organization (Pet Patrol Cat Adoption- www.petpatrol.ca) can have its trials and tribulations. I witness the tears and heartaches of people who have lost that other heart beat in their home: the emptiness, the anticipation of that purr, the softness of their fur and the sweet sound of a meow. The connection between people and their feline family is strong and well justified. To be able to voice your fears and heartaches with others through the Pet Bereavement programme and to share your pain, perhaps in a social networking situation, or through private counseling, is essential to moving forward, and allowing your love to continue with another cat. There are more cats than there are good owners, your experience as a cat lover is invaluable for the poor souls left out on the street, with next to nothing to call their own. Connecting with others and connecting with your cat are life’s luxuries and we all need to embrace those things.” - J.S.
“We were so thankful to have been a part of Brien’s grief counseling sessions. Without this program we never would have come to terms with our grief as quickly as we did. The program was directed at getting to the core of your reason for grieving and how to overcome it. We owe Brien a big thank you for having very successfully facilitated this process.” -A.M.
“I have known Brien for many years. I lost my 2 dogs as he was starting up Pet Loss Canada. He took the time to listen and hear that these animals of mine had been an important part of my life. He didn’t judge my feelings but helped me to think of ways to cope that I had not. I thought I had dealt well with the grief but learned there were things I had not yet come to terms with. I think Pet Loss Canada is important for anyone losing or who has lost a pet.” -J.H.
“Course was great…………makes one feel they are not alone. Very knowledgeable and informative instructor. Excellent guest speaker. Pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Wish it were available years ago. Anyone who has suffered a loss should not miss this class/course!” -G.
“The “road of grief” would have been more desolate without the guidance. Thank you for your trained perspective on how to bring out and show how to deal with this. The experience was thoroughly worthwhile with rather amazing results.” K.J.
Thanks so much Brien. Pets are wonderful and each one I’ve lost has a special
place in my heart. It’s nice to know that there are people like you out there
that can help guide people through this process, especially the ones that
weren’t lucky like me to learn that mourning an animal is OK at a young
Thank you for your response Brien. Things have gotten easier. We still miss
him terribly but we are coming to terms with the decision. I can’t imagine
saving him and buying a couple more medicated months just to have him end up in
the same place again. I wish we had known about the heart disease sooner so we
could have tried to prevent this, but we can’t change the past. Thanks for
listening :) JGC
I have already told family, friends and co-workers how helpful this (counselling) has been and encourage them to talk to Brien if ever needed. THIS was just what I needed. JG
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