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Healing Guilt Related to End-of-Life Care and Pet Loss: Finding Peace & Self-Forgiveness ONLINE CLAS
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 Export to Your Calendar 5/1/2020 to 12/31/2020
When: Friday, May 1, 2020
Where: On Demand Class, available anytime
United States

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This class has been approved for 6 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION RACE CREDITS by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

A great majority of people experiencing pet loss describe feeling guilty about some aspect of their relationship with their animal, i.e., their care of their animal during an illness or hospice period, choices regarding euthanasia, or believing they did not do best for their animal during their life together. Because feeling guilty is such an uncomfortable state to experience, it is often buried instead of faced and worked through. On the other end of the spectrum, some wear guilt like a hair shirt as self-punishment. It is also common to become painfully stuck in guilt and self-blame—consciously or unconsciously—as a way to keep the overwhelming anguish of loss and grief at bay. Any of these responses to guilt are normal. Nonetheless, they can still be challenging to live with and heal, and it can be challenging to support clients who discuss their guilt without a professional and practical framework in which to do so.

Feeling guilty is a very stressful energy to live with. It can make us feel agitated, anxious, shamed, unfinished with our loss, incomplete with our relationship, and even unworthy. Until we explore and come to terms with our guilt and all the issues surrounding it, it’s impossible to be at peace with ourselves and to experience a sense of peace in our relationship with our animals who are ill or have died.

In this class, participants learn both how to work through their own sense of guilt from past or present issues, and how to help clients who are expressing a sense of guilt. In a step by step process called The Expectations Model of Guilt, participants are helped to define, fully explore and understand the issues involved with guilt responses, assess their own past or present experiences of guilt, identify what can be learned from them, what is needed to move toward self-forgiveness and finding peace, and how to apply the model and its tools to help clients.

NOTE: This class is open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff 


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