From Marty E. in Arizona:
Each day I looked forward to the much needed support that this course
provided. It helped knowing that there was kindness and compassion waiting
for me in my time of profound sadness. Thank you so much.
A review by Rosemarie Klorman,
a Certified Professional Counselor
This course is clear, concise, and well organized. It is very easy to understand; therefore,
appropriate for all levels of intellectual functioning. Mrs. Tousley's empathic and supportive
manner are definitely conveyed. The thoughts and feelings one experiences when losing their beloved
pet are thoroughly covered. She addresses issues that most people are too embarrassed or ashamed to
admit. She leaves "no stone unturned". She covers many issues that most people probably
don't even consider such as "providing for pet care in your absence" and "anticipatory
She explains the cognitive and emotional development of children, as well as the different grieving
patterns for men, women, children, seniors and even the surviving pets in the household.
Both the psychological and physical symptoms associated with pet loss are
also covered. Even the spirital side of pet loss is included, which is a
very difficult issue. This course is wonderful for people who are grieving
because it contains all the necessary information without having to go to
several resources at this very difficult time. The "closing thoughts" and
resources at the end of each lesson are extremely helpful and will be useful
during the grief process as well as for future reference.
After taking this course, one will greatly understand the dynamnics of pet
loss as well as the grief process. I highly recommend this very informative
course because the information can be applied to the many issues that people
face while grieving for their pets.
A review by Charlene Douglas,
Director/Owner - The Rainbow Passage
Being a pet loss counselor, it was reassuring to me to see what I share with my clients written down
by another pet loss counselor. I found this course very thorough and portrayed at the appropriate
level. It covered all aspects of grief from the very basic to the more complicated and complex. I
really like seeing the "child component" for many parents/adults don't know how to deal
with the grief of their children. . .Very well done.
Terry Hickey, founder of the Halton/Peel Pet Loss Support Group,
had this to say about the course:
This course is written "from the heart"! Marty has
experienced pet loss personally and it shows! I wish I had had access to
this course prior to the death of my own beloved pet since this course
provides more information and things to give thought to than most pet owners
consider at that very tragic time when they are about to lose their beloved
companions. I will certainly recommend this course to everyone who contacts
the Halton/Peel Pet Loss Support Group!
The lessons were not too long and the imformation was imparted in a concise manner. This is
particularly helpful since it is sometimes difficult to concentrate on anything when you are
grieving a beloved pet. The students should be able to manage the length of these lessons, and
obtain and retain the useful information included in each lesson. Just perfect!
Mary Anne Reyman, a volunteer with Companion Animal Association of Arizona Pet
Grief Support Service, comments:
This course was very beneficial as an overview to coping with grief associated with pet loss.
In addition to the subject matter being comprehensive, I thought the organization of the course
was very well done. The "Mindset Preparation" section was a useful introduction to each
lesson. I also appreciated the listing of additional references at the end of each lesson.
Lessons that I found most helpful included: grief stages associated with children's ages, grieving
for missing pets, helping a friend who has lost a pet, and providing for pet care in your absence.
The references cited provided more in-depth information if desired.
Sue Culberson, Pet-Loss Volunteer,
had this to say about the course:
I thought this course was well written and easy for anyone to understand. - The lessons were short
and to the point. They kept my attention well and reinforced the material without a lot of
repetition. It covered all the aspects of pet-loss, from anticipating the loss of a pet to the
final decissions on, where, when, and what to do after.
Stephanie Hart comments:
I found this course to bring so many emotions to the
surface as I went from Lesson to Lesson. It was done in such a way that one
feels you really are communicating and it guides you gently through so many
phases of loss. Even when I felt I had come upon an area of loss that I was
familiar with, the compasionate and heartfelt lessons left me with new
perceptions and a deeper understanding of the emotions one encounters. I
will read it again and again and have no doubt that I will be able to
understand and maybe help others who experience pet loss.
[Lessons] were great. You find yourself looking forward to
the carefully picked out quotes and thoughts that open the lessons... And
then move through the lesson (try to do it without crying) :)
From Ilene in Vermont:
I was so excited to find your courses dealing with pet loss. I have 2 dogs that are
dying of cancer and with the vets I have here in Vermont there is no group that we are aware
of that exist for us to get support. I am hoping with what I am going through and the courses
I will be able to start a support group to help myself and others in this time. Through many
on line searches I have come across support areas on line and though I believe they can help
there is nothing like a group with people near you to help one through this time. Once again
thank you so much for the chance to enroll in these courses.
If you’ve taken this course, kindly review this course
We are grateful for this feedback!