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Bereavement support: helping others cope with loss
  1. Janet Thomas

    Janet Thomas runs a small animal veterinary hospital in Oldham. She is chairperson of the advisory group for the SCAS Pet Loss Befriender Service, runs bereavement support groups and offers individual counselling for clients.


A PET loss bereavement group is a valuable service which can be offered by a veterinary practice. Veterinary surgeons, however, receive little training in ‘people care’ and may feel unsure about establishing such a group. In this article, Janet Thomas describes the benefits, and limitations, of a bereavement support group.

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