|Paw To Heart Philosophy|
|You deserve to be supported in your time of loss, and have your feelings honored and understood.|
|Your animal companion was an integral part of your family and not "just a pet."|
|Your relationship with your animal family member was sacred and deserving of respect.|
|Even death cannot break a bond so strong as that which a true animal lover shares with an animal companion.|
|No one has the right to try to fix, shame, or silence your grief...we all mourn in our own way
and in our own time.
|We can heal, learn and grow from our losses only if we are willing to walk through the pain.|
|A new animal companion can bring love and life back into your world, but cannot be expected to take away your grief.|
|Eventually most people will risk loving again, and will come to accept and enjoy the new animal companion for the unique individual that he or she is.|
|Sharing our stories with others (as in a support group) can help us feel less isolated; however
it is also important to protect ourselves from those who invalidate, judge or dismiss our feelings...avoid those who are insensitive to your loss.