How our pets facilitate conversations around death and dying
An official Dying To Know Day event
Join us for this insightful and reflective exploration of death and dying, and the ways that our pets connect and prepare us for this life event.
Dr Alicia Kennedy is human animal bond veterinarian and founder of Cherished Pets, a social veterinary enterprise that offers palliative pet care and home euthanasia services as well as a signature home pet care service for elderly and disabled people living independently in our community. Through her work, Dr Alicia has identified ways that pets facilitate our very own conversations around mortality and death.
Barbara Allen is an experienced pet bereavement counselor who has supported thousands of families through pet loss. She established the pet loss support service at Lort Smith Animal Hospital and shares a deep and intrinsic understanding of the role pets play in our experiences, attitudes and acceptance of death. As a trained Spiritual Counsellor, Barbara brings a gentle and effective voice to this important conversation.
In this workshop we will engage in a conversation and share stories and strategies that help us manage pet loss, support pets and their people through end of life stages, and develop our understanding of this topic.
This session is recommended for people who love pets, who work with people who love pets, health professionals, service providers, counselors, advance care planning personnel, and those who have recently lost a pet, a know someone who has been affected by pet loss.