SCHOOL: Regent University, Masters in Human Services-Grief Counseling (2021); University of Toledo, Bachelors of Arts in Communications (1993); The Center for Life, Loss & Transition, Death & Grief Studies Certification (2018), Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, Pet Loss and Grief Companioning Certification (2014)
WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO: For the past 9 years I have had the honor of walking with pet families through their anticipatory grief and helping them cope after the loss of a beloved pet. In our society, families have gone from ownership to a loving “relationship” with their companions. Because of this relationship, the natural roller coaster of grief may occur at time of diagnosis, through treatment, during decision-making, and of course after loss.
As a grief counselor and pet parent myself, I obtain an immense amount of compassion satisfaction from being able to offer empathetic understanding, comfort, and support to pet families along their pet’s hospice and end-of-life journey. For in the end, what is most vital is that every pet parent and family know they are not alone.
BEST WAY TO START THE DAY: Aerobic and weight training exercise and kitty kisses!
FAVORITE QUOTE: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." ~ MotherTeresa of Calcutta