Friends can help with loss of cherished pet

Nadine Williams, Peter Hill, Cherished Pets founder Dr Alicia Kennedy holding Emmy Tou and Barbara Allen. 150098

CHERISHED Pets Foundation held its first-ever Pet Bereavement session at Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre last Tuesday.
Cherished Pets founder Alicia Kennedy said the event was well-attended.
“It was a very gentle session that provided insights into pet loss and grief, and ways to support ourselves and each other,” she said.
“We’re looking to run more.”
The guest speaker for the event was pet bereavement counsellor Barbara Allen.
Barbara worked as a chaplain at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne for five years, supporting more than 1500 pet owners through their grief.
Cherished Pets also welcomed Peter Hill – one of the participants in its Community Pet Care project.
Peter, 94, brought along his new companion pet, Emmy Tou, and spoke of losing Emmy Lou, his beloved Dachshund of 14 years, who died in 2015.