"Course impressions: Useful, Insightful, Uplifting, Helpful, Supportive
'After reading this course I realized many things about my little dog, how he really made me feel inside (never really thought about it before) and you have pointed out many aspects of how dogs make us feel. I feel like from just reading the course that you understand me, and understand more of how I feel.'
Kaye Liebhaber, Arizona:
"I found this course to be very helpful and comforting in thinking of the devastating loss of my cat Kiko. Though she is no longer in the physical the love continues."
I just finished your
[Pet Loss] eCourse
today with tears of joy in my eyes and heart. The Daisy Sultra & video of The Rainbow Bridge was just simply breathtaking and beautiful! Both hit home the deepest throughout this course…that is my heart. I have learned a lot and will review all the tools that will help with me in my coming years with our four beautiful and special Angel Feline's. Your words have such strong healing and peace within them, that I know whoever takes
from you truly will be touched and walk away knowing they were touched by an Angel...you Marty! I just wanted to post my words here for others to see and know how you have touched and changed my life.
Graditude and Blessings to all,
Barbie Carroll, Florida:
This course has been an excellent resource for information about the grieving process. It's helped me to understand what I've been going through
and has been a friend when I needed one, while I was all alone in the dark with my grief. I haven't had anyone around me who understands my pain.
Marie Lotoski, Canada:
This course made me cry each week, but somehow it made my dog (Jack) and I
closer in spirit. I think everyone who has or had an ill companion pet
should take this course, as it gets you though a lot of the tough times.
Carla R., Oklahoma:
The "Coping with Pet Loss" course is helping me to accept the fact that grieving my little dog is a normal, human reaction to her death. By reading many other people's thoughts and experiences, it is helping me to accept that her death is a part of living and that my reactions to it are due to my strong love for her. She deserves to be grieved but then finally to be remembered always with love.
Michelle D., Wyoming:
My cat was diagnosed with kidney failure and I ordered this course in
anticipation of her death. I was so lucky to have her another year instead
of just a few weeks. This course was so very helpful to me - the sections
about euthanasia calmed my worries and gave me comforting words of
encouragement that I would do the right thing. Now that my baby has died,
the course is helping me again to work through my grief and sorrow. Thank
you so much for this wonderful service.
Michelle D., Wyoming:
I was anticipating losing my sweet baby girl. She was diagnosed with liver failure in September. Thanks to many wonderful veterinarians and the staff at CSU, she is still with me 3 months later. She is happy and loving life, still at the age of 10 ˝ with a tumor still inside her, I found this course very comforting and helpful in allowing me to make peace with the inevitable.
Discussion forum posting:
Marty, your course has been a life-saver and, I think, better than a physical group for me because it allows me the freedom to read the lessons when I'M ready for each one and, because I'm at home, I can cry as loud and as deep, and as long as I want without feeling self-conscious. They are beautifully and mindfully written and the links you suggest have been perfect. I sent the [bonus] course to my sister whose cat ... had a stroke, is 18 years old and is having great difficulties -- not long for this world, I don't think. She also has found this course perfect and her cat is still alive. I hope what she reads will better prepare her for the loss, which is coming...
Barbara Davis, Texas:
This course has helped me immensely to deal with the loss of my cat Taz. So
many of my own feelings were expressed in the lessons, but more importantly,
how to deal with these feelings was addressed. It was also of great comfort
to know others have experienced the same devastating loss and managed to not
only deal with the loss, but emerge with greater emotional strength,
understanding and appreciation of the lives and loves we have had, and the
ones we continue to have.
Mara L., California:
My beloved dog Stanley died on Jan.31 after being hit by a car. The extent
of my grief was almost unbearable and unimaginable. My husband and I signed
up for this course about 4 weeks after he died and I've found the weekly
lessons extremely comforting and helpful. I was relieved at the level of
respect and understanding of the deep a bond I had formed with Stanley and
the gentle guidance provided to lead me through my bereavement. Thank you.
Thank you for this course. It is a very thoughtful and thought provoking
exploration of coping with the loss of a pet. I have been reading it in the
end stages of our wonderful Siberian Husky's 2.5 year battle with cancer.
She had a wonderful spirit and this course helped me to appreciate that and
also helped when we had to make the decision to euthanize her.
Susan Mcallister, Delaware:
Losing my precious dog Cleo has been the worst experience that I have lived
through. This series has kept me sane. The thoughts written down are exactly
thoughts that I have had. It is uncanny how they zero in on exactly the same
ones. The series has helped me cope better than anyone or anything else. I
look forward every day to more insight from this course, which is helping me
to slowly heal and come to terms with this catastrophic event in my life.
Paula Jenkins, Pet Cemetery Manager, California:
Sometimes emotions are very difficult to define and describe. These lessons
put words to feelings and then validate the emotional grief we experience.
Course was: useful, helpful, supportive, validating
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
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. . .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 information 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
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, 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.
From Jo Ann in Illinois:
"I want to thank you so much for this course. It has help tremendously.
Although I am still struggling after all this time, I go back and read the
lessons and find peace."
=^..^= Jo Ann from Illinois, USA
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