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Pet Loss Counseling and Support Services in Virginia
BlacksburgPet Loss Support Hotline
: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary MedicinePhone
: (540) 231-8038.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
RichmondMartha Ann Spruill, LCSW
: Richmond, VAPhone
: (804) 405-0939Email
Martha Ann Spruill is a licensed clinical social worker with a special interest in working with people that are grieving because of a pet that is missing, ill, or has died. The unconditional love our pets offer can contribute to the deep pain we feel at their loss. Some people find it helpful to speak with someone other than family members or friends about their loss. Martha Ann talks with clients about typical reactions to grief, what makes pets so special, what impacts the intensity of the loss, and tips for managing grief. She also provides handouts that can be taken home and shared with other family members.Pet Bereavement Services
: Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 980710, Richmond, VA 23298Phone
: (804) 828-4570Fax
: (804) 828-4614Email
: Sandra B. Barker, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
The Pet Bereavement Service provides short-term counseling for grieving pet owners facing euthanasia decisions and consultation to veterinarians on pet loss issues. Counseling and consultation are provided by licensed, mental health professionals who are faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. These professionals are sensitive to the special needs of grieving pet owners.