VIRTUAL Pet Grief & Loss Support Group

 
Second Thursday of the Month
(unless otherwise noted)
Time: 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EST/EDT)
          4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (PST/EDT)
The group is appropriate for animal guardians, including foster parents and other caregivers, who have experienced the following:
Expected, Sudden, or Traumatic Death
Chronic Illness Management
Fatal Diagnosis
Runaway
Rehoming
Service Animal Retiring/Succession Planning
 
RSVP is required to receive the virtual support group meeting link
Please contact Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, LISAC 
if you are interested in joining this virtual support group.
A brief pre-screening is required prior to joining this virtual support group. 
 
To comply with licensure laws, participants MUST be in the state of North Carolina or Arizona during the support group session.  

 
Considerations while attending virtual support groups:
  • The same expectations apply during telehealth sessions as in-person sessions.  Be prepared to begin on time and do not use substances (including alcohol) before or during the session
  • Do not drive during the virtual group session
  • Plan to be alone or utilize headphones to protect group members' privacy
  • Wear appropriate clothing commensurate with attending in-person groups
  • Recording or taking a screenshot of the group members is prohibited
  • Both video and audio are encouraged while attending
  • Keep the video steady/on a flat surface and level with eye contact
  • Ensure that there is plenty of lighting in your environment and avoid back-lighting (i.e. lamps or bright windows behind you)
  • Smartphones, devices or computers can be placed on Do Not Disturb mode to minimize interruptions
  • Minimize distractions and multitasking during the virtual group 
  • Close extra tabs and programs to improve video and audio quality
  • If possible, reduce noise around you and limit external interruptions
  • If the group is large, place your microphone on mute when not talking
  • Please expect to stay the entire group session
 
"Payment" to attend the virtual support group:
A donation to the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina,  the Pet Food Pantry of Eastern Carolina, OR your local Humane Society or Pet Food Pantry. 

 

 

Additional Support:


Tuft's Pet Loss Support Hotline

508-839-7966

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST 

Monday through Friday
24-hour Voicemail

https://vet.tufts.edu/petloss/pet-loss-support-hotline-support-group-link/