Episode 43: Helping Your Clients Deal With Pet Loss Grief With Wendy Van de Poll
In this episode, Bella speaks with Wendy Van de Poll, the founder of The Center for Pet Loss Grief and an international best selling and award-winning author and speaker. They discuss pet loss grief and what pet professionals can say and do to be supportive to their clients in their loss. They also talk about how pet professionals can deal with their own grief.
Topics covered are:
- What is pet loss grief
- What you as a pet professional should do when a client gets the news that their pet has a terminal illness
- How to help your clients when their pets die
- What you shouldn’t say or do
- How a pet professional can deal with their own grief over losing an animal client
Wendy Van de Poll is a pioneering leader in the field of pet loss grief support. She is dedicated to providing a safe place for her clients to express their grief over the loss of their pets. What makes Wendy successful with her clients is that she get’s grief! “Over the years I’ve dealt with my own grief and helping many families communicate and connect with their pets long after their loss. It’s what I’ve done since I was just 5 yrs old!”
She is compassionate and supportive to all who know her. Her passion is to help people when they are grieving over the loss of a pet and her larger than life love for animals has led her to devote her life to the mission of increasing the quality of life between animals and people no matter what stage they are in their cycle of life! She has been called the animal whisperer. She is a Certified End of Life and Pet Grief Support Coach, Certified Pet Funeral Celebrant, Animal Medium and Communicator. She is the founder of The Center for Pet Loss Grief and an international best selling and award-winning author and speaker. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Wolf Ecology and Behavior and has run with wild wolves in Minnesota, coyotes in Massachusetts and foxes in her backyard. She lives in the woods with her husband, two crazy birds, her rescue dog Addie and all kinds of wildlife.
You can find out more about Wendy and the Center for Pet Loss Grief at https://centerforpetlossgrief.com.
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Excellent Topic. We just losst a long time client Monday. My pet sitter was very emotionally attached to this boy. I worried about her as well as being very sad for my client. I love the one year card suggestion. I relate to this and will use Wendy’s suggestions.
I totally recommend checking out Wendy! She was a pleasure to interview and a wealth of knowledge! I am glad it helped! -Bella