We know how difficult the loss of a loved pet can be. To support grieving pet owners, Blue Ridge Humane Society offers a peer support group with a professional group moderator on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 PM -7:00 PM.
The free program provides a safe and non-judgmental space for community members to come together to support one another through the loss and grief of their beloved pet(s).
Sessions are limited to 20 participants. Sign-up in advance is required. Registration is on a rolling basis each month and closes the Friday before the session or when the session is full, whichever occurs first. Sessions are held via Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
The sessions will be moderated by BRHS staff and led by Judi Moolten. Judi is a former clinical social worker with a Ph.D. certificate in Stress and Somatic Psychology. In addition to being a stress coach, Judi lives and resides in Hendersonville. Judi comes to BRHS as a volunteer and a pet parent who uses animals to help heal stress and more! Judi also has suffered many losses during COVID-19 and beyond and will be available just to listen or offer feedback when requested.
Register for the upcoming session here. The access info for each session will be sent with your registration confirmation.
Pet loss and grief can trigger intense emotional responses that may need to be addressed with professional resources which are beyond what BRHS is able to provide through the Peer Support group. This cannot take the place of professional counseling and therapy.
Additional info or support for those who have suffered the loss of a pet can be found at The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement https://www.aplb.org/.
If you feel that you’re in distress or having thoughts about harming yourself, please call:
2-1-1. A 24/7 national free and confidential service that helps you find the resources you need including crisis and emergency.