Pet Loss & Grief Support Group

Grieving the loss of a pet?

For many of us, our pets are family members. When it’s time to say goodbye, the resulting sense of loss and grief is as real and sometimes as overwhelming as when we lose a relative or human friend.

Grieving the loss of a friend or companion is a sign of the love that existed between you. The first step in coping with your grief is to acknowledge your feelings. At Pet Loss & Grief Support Group @lpaPAWS, you can share your feelings with others who are going through a similar experience.

Feel free to bring a picture of your beloved pet and share your pet’s story.

This free and informal support group meets monthly and is for adults 16 years and older. A separate child’s class will be held at the same time for children between the ages of 6 and 16 lead by our Education Coordinator. 

Location: The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center
                               2451 N US Expressway 281-Edinburg, TX

Date/Time: 1st Monday of the Month / 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
                3rd Saturday of the Month / 1 PM – 2 PM 

Light Refreshments will be served.

Group is facilitated Session facilitated by Dr. Saara Grizzell, CRC, LVRC, LCDC, LPC Intern (Supervised by Kim Nguyen-Finn, LPC-S).  Dr. Saara Grizzell volunteers her time and expertise to this group as a fellow animal lover and her commitment to creating a healthy environment for those dealing with grief.

Here are a few of the topics we consider:

  • Is it unusual to feel so sad at the loss of a pet?
  • What is “normal recovery time”, or is there such a thing?
  • Euthanasia: when is it the best alternative? How to deal with the uncertainty and second-guessing that may follow, and how to explain the decision to young children.
  • How to deal with the guilt feeling that sometimes hinder healing and recovery.
  • Decisions on having another animal. How soon, if at all?


If you have questions, please contact Mari at 956-720-4563 or education@pvactx.org for more information. Reservations are not required to attend, but it is preferred.

* The Pet Loss Support Group will not meet if The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center is closed because of a holiday or inclement weather.

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