The SPCA of Texas offers an innovative and dynamic program designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal. Established and conducted by Dr. Diane Pomerance, certified Grief Recovery Specialist and SPCA of Texas volunteer, the SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling program offers comfort, guidance and support as well as tools that can help facilitate grief recovery.

Telephone counseling is available by calling 214-461-5131. All calls are returned within 24 hours.

The Pet Grief Counseling Support group meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month  in Dallas at the SPCA of Texas headquarters in Conference Room 1.

The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being. While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to “work through” their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., certified Grief Recovery Specialist and SPCA of Texas volunteer, earned her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Diane also volunteers for K-9 Friends Visiting Therapy Dogs of GTDog and Texas Alaskan Malamute Rescue.

Learn more about Pomerance’s books “When Your Pet Dies” which offers support & comfort specially directed toward children grieving the loss of a pet, “Animal Companions: Your Friends, Teachers & Guides” which offers inspiring insights of the effects of child-animal bonds, while reinforcing to children the uplifting nature of the cycle of life and “Animal Companions: In Our Hearts, Our Lives, and Our World” which explores our interconnectedness and interdependency with animals and nature and “Animal Elders: Caring About Our Aging Animal Companions” which explores the profound growth, lessons and challenges presented by the aging process in animals as well as humans and teaches us to respect both our animal and human elders.

In addition, “Finding Peace After the loss of a Loved Animal Companion” serves as a spiritual guide and practical primer designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds cope with and recover from grief over the loss of a beloved pet. Pomerance’s most recent book is “Pet Parenthood: Adopting the Right Animal Companion for You” which provides important information regarding all aspects of pet adoption and parenthood. The decision to bring a pet into homes, hearts and lives is life-transforming and may be one of the most important decisions ever made. It requires careful consideration and deliberation as we may spend many years of our lives with these animal companions. We must also be prepared to take total responsibility for them and to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for them.

For more information about Diane Pomerance and her books or about grief recovery or animal companions, visit her Web site.