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The San Diego Humane Society’s (San Diego, California 92110) Pet Loss Support Group provides an environment where thoughts and emotions can be shared with those in similar circumstances.

Sessions are led by a licensed social worker and are open to those ages 10 and up, including pet parents who are considering or preparing for euthanasia. Sessions are usually an hour and a half in length.

Upcoming dates are: September 14, 22, or 24.

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When: Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 11 am

Where: Atlanta Humane Society – Administrative Area, 981 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318

To help people cope with the death of a pet, the Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta, Georgia 30318) offers Mend-A-Heart group counseling sessions. These hour-long sessions are held at the Shelter on the second Saturday of each month at 11 am in the Administrative Area.

Mend-A-Heart sessions are conducted by a friend of the AHS, Linda Ehlers, who holds a Masters degree in community counseling and education from Georgia State University. Ms. Ehlers is also available for individual counseling (call 404.250.9148). The main objective of the group is to generate mutual support and comfort for each other. For more information, please call the AHS Education Department at 404.974.2899.

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Sid Korpi has combined her decades of varied professional experience — as an editor, writer, journalist, English teacher, actor, and ordained minister/animal chaplain — with her lifelong devotion to the animal companions who have blessed and shared her life in creating Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss.

Surviving a “tsunami of loss” in her own life led to her discovery of spiritual truths that brought her strength and facilitated her heart’s healing. She felt compelled to share these things with others who suffer — often in isolation — from the passing on of their very dearest nonhuman friends, their pets.

She notes, “Unfortunately, our society on the whole discounts their grief as frivolous since they’ve ‘merely lost an animal.’ People often report that they got over the death of a fellow human being easier than they did that of their pet simply because they were given permission to really grieve over the human and thus found the support they needed to process those feelings. This same support is often sorely lacking when the intense feelings of sorrow are a result of pet loss.”

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