Your Neighbor in Real Estate: When your Beloved Pet Dies

When your Beloved Pet Dies

Summer flowersWhen your Beloved Pet Dies...

A Hospice in Camarillo, CA Offers Support When Pet Dies

Many people experience profound emotional pain when their beloved pet dies. A pet's unconditional love is appreciated by many pet owners and this may add  even more to the deep feeling of loss. This may happen too, if others ignore or discount the pain felt by the owner. Please be aware that this pain can be temporary or ongoing and crippling.

Camarillo Hospice now offers pet loss support group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays. The group, facilitated by hospice counselor Ron Lukins, is endorsed by the Ventura County Dog Fanciers Association and the Ventura County Department of Animal Services. "The benefits some people receive from their relationships with pets are often misunderstood or unrecognized or diminished by the people around them," said Lukins of Camarillo. "The reality is that people connect with their pets in many different and meaningful ways."

There are no hard and fast rules for grieving and people do this each in their own way. And so this support group is designed to "create and maintain a safe haven for anyone to express grief and experience mutual support surrounding pet loss," Lukins said.

This support group is free and geared for adults.

For more information, call 805-389-6870, Ext. 19. Camarillo Hospice is located at 400 Rosewood Ave., No. 102., Camarillo, CA., in Ventura County

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Comment balloon 5 commentsSandy Acevedo • June 21 2011 01:40PM


Very nice post, always is very difficut when your pet dies.

Posted by James Loftis, ( almost 8 years ago

Sandi, such an important post with great information. I am a volunteer with with an animal rescue group and see people in pain a lot. When I lost two dogs in as many months some three years ago I was in real trouble. If you are not a pet person, you don't understand, and I went for help. It helped.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 8 years ago

Thank you for posting that information on a support group.  It is really tough when you lose a pet.  I still cry till this day when I think about when I had to put my beloved Bichon Frise down.  That was 10 years ago!

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) almost 8 years ago

Sandi - As a dog mama currently for three cherished fur babies, I too can relate to the loss of a pet.  I've had pets for most of my life (I was six when I got my first pet) and can not imagine life without one.  I don't have any children of my own so my pets are totally spoiled and pampered. 

Like Sheila, I too have lost two pets in a short period of time and it was absolutely heartbreaking.  Even so, it's never long before I open my heart again to adopt some new fur baby.  I just love em to death and love giving them a good life for however long they're here.

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, James

Hi Sheila, You are absolutely right when you say "if you are not a pet person, you don't understand." I'm glad you got help. Sorry for your loss.

Hi Jennifer, yes, it is nice to know that all kinds of grieving can be supported now. Sorry for your loss.

Hi Donne, two of them in a short period? That is tough. Sorry for your loss. And you have three now? What kind and how big?

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) almost 8 years ago