(WXYZ) - Many pet owners consider their four-legged friend to be a part of their family, and while saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do, the feeling of loss felt by many heartbroken pet owners can be overwhelming. In order to help ease this pain, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) has created the Paw Prints Grief Support Group, an open and safe environment for those grieving the loss of a pet. The first meeting of the group is scheduled for Saturday, January 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m, at the MHS Administrative office, located at 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, in Bingham Farms.
"Losing a pet can be incredibly difficult," said Jamahl Scott, MHS Volunteer Programs Manager. "Our pets are our friends and companions, and when they pass away, the grief can seem almost too much to bear. The Paw Prints Grief Support Group is a place where grieving pet owners can talk about the loss of their beloved pet with others going through the same thing."
Rather than a counseling session, the Paw Prints Grief Support Group is an environment where individuals can talk openly and honestly about their experience in life and how it affects them every day. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs, scrapbooks and other pet mementos to share with others who understand and care.
Advance signup is required and can be done by visiting www.michiganhumane.org/pawprints , by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org , or by calling (248) 283-1000, ext. 179. There is no charge to attend this service, which will be held on the first Saturday of every month. As there is no time limit on grieving, participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they would like.