Pet Grief Counseling Seattle

If you have lost a beloved pet and could use some extra support, please feel free to contact me.  You deserve compassion and understanding.  People can feel uncomfortable asking for support –  as if the loss of a dog or a cat is not as important as other losses. This is so untrue, especially if there was a deep bond between you and your pet. 

I  offer support to people who are grieving the loss or impending loss of their furry loved one who has been a best friend, family member, and more. Some people reach out to me because they feel they need more than what friends and family can offer. Others worry about being a burden with their sadness or talking too much about their pet. And still others need support and tools for coping with their immense grief after the loss or impending loss of their beloved animal.

Although there are support groups offered at animal shelters and some emergency vet clinics, many people feel awkward talking about their feelings in a group and would prefer private time with a professional who specializes in pet loss. 

I have my master’s degree in social work and have been practicing as a social worker and certified life coach for over 30 years. I also have special training and certification as a pet loss counselor through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Pet loss counseling does not take the place of psychotherapy or medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure psychiatric illness. My clients are people who deeply love their animals and their grief, although painful and devastating, is a normal response to loss.

Grief support sessions are by phone, which allows us to talk in the comfort of your own environment regardless of where you live. I’ve been offering support by phone for 14 years and most people find it to be convenient and just as helpful as meeting in person.

To start, please contact me with some information about you and your pet. We can get to know each other a little via email and I can answer any questions you may have.

From there, you can decide whether to go ahead and book a session.  If you would like additional support, I offer a follow-up email after each session to check in with you to see how you’re doing. 


After payment, you will receive a receipt from Fused Memories.

Individual Sessions: $85.00 per hour due in advance.

Pet Grief Counseling Seattle
Mimi Handlin, MSW - Pet Grief Counseling Seattle

As a long time social worker, certified pet loss counselor with the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and one who has experienced many losses of both people and animals, I would love to help. Please contact me for more information.


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