Pet Loss Grief Counseling & Custom Memorials
“Until One Has Loved an Animal, A Part of One’s Soul Remains Unawakened”
~ Anatole France
I may be able to relate to your pain because I have also been heartbroken over the deaths of of my animals. Each was constantly and intensely in my life and each loss left a ragged hole. Throughout the years, I have learned that eventually the edge of the pain will soften if I give myself time to grieve, write about my feelings, talk to people who understand, and take good care of myself. This is how I heal.
If you are looking for understanding and compassionate support or if you would like a beautiful memorial created just for you, I would be honored to help. Please feel free to contact me on the bottom of the page for one or both of the following:
Pet Loss Grief Support: Many of us feel as close to our pets as we do to human family members. We care for every aspect of their lives and, in return, they give us joyful companionship, pure love, and non-judgmental acceptance. We love their precious faces, the feel of their fur under our hands, and the security of their constant and loving presence.
The loss of our animals means not only losing their beloved physical body, but also everything else they gave us. You may feel shock, disbelief, overwhelming pain, or an aching emptiness after the death. You may feel a whole gamut of emotions and be unsure of how to structure your life without the routines of caring for your pet.
During this very difficult time, we may need support that goes beyond what our family and friends can provide. Please read my Pet Loss Counseling page to learn more or contact me below. I look forward to hearing from you.
Pet Memorial Jewelry, Sun Tiles, and Touchstones: I create unique customized pet memorials to help you honor the love you shared with your cherished friend. Materials from your animal’s life such as garden soil or beach sand can be fused into glass. I can also include a small amount of cremation ashes or burial earth. Please browse my Gallery to learn more and see if a design touches your heart.
Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.”
Dr. Earl Grollman
About Mimi Handlin, MSW
I have always considered pets to be family members and have lived with dogs, cats, and assorted small animals for most of my life. Although I have loved all of our animals, a German Shepherd named Kiva has a special place in my heart. You can learn more about me and how he saved our family during the hardest time of my life by reading Kiva’s Story.
For the past ten years, we have shared our home with a funny, snuggly, feisty cat named Javier who was about the size of Kiva’s head. We lost him recently and I miss him every day. His photo is on the bottom of the page.
Professionally, I have been a social worker for 40 years. All of my work has had an element of supporting people through grief and loss. I earned my certification as a pet loss counselor through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.
Along with animals, work, and family, creativity has played a major role in my life. I love working with the beauty and magic of fused glass and feel grateful to be able to create kiln fired pet memorials for people all over the country. Thank you for visiting my website. I hope the services or memorials I offer can help you feel supported and bring you comfort.