Anji Baker | Counsellor | Call: 07759 048957

About the work

Having worked in a small animal veterinary practice for fourteen years, I remain touched and humbled by the depth of love that owners have for their animal companions, their much-loved pets.

When a pet dies, whether through planned euthanasia, or by circumstances outside an owner’s control, or if an animal has to be re-homed due to allergy, or relationship breakdown, or death of a family member, the loss - and the complexity of that loss - can cause terrible pain, and extreme grieving.

This can take many forms, from the loss of routine and social interaction with other owners, to being unable to sleep, or eat, or cope with day-to-day things. An owner can become overwhelmed by grief, and by accompanying feelings of shock, of anger, or guilt, or become engulfed and disabled by waves of tears, and by utter despair.

Although these ways of grieving are completely natural, some bereaved owners will have neither support nor space to mourn what they have lost. Some may be alarmed at the manifestations of grief, some may see, or hear, the pet who has gone; some may feel haunted by their own action, or the action they didn’t take, and thus have the heavy burden of the lack of forgiveness to carry, as well as the sorrow.

And some may simply yearn for a place in which they can express fully their love, and their thanks, and share memories of a pet who was so much part of their life.

Counselling shouldn't last forever. I believe strongly that the part I play in helping clients work through this difficult period is finite and that our time together will come to its own, natural conclusion.

Clients are always welcome to come back if they need to.