Pet Bereavement Courses
The Blackford Centre for Pet Bereavement
Certificate in Pet Bereavement Counselling
Become a Pet Bereavement Counsellor
You can help grieving pet owners come to terms with the loss of their pet.
From Kit Sadgrove
Pet Bereavement Course Director
I remember the exact moment when the vet pushed the euthanasia needle into the paw of my old dog, Aran.
It was on the kitchen floor. He looked trustingly at me as the needle went in. And then he died.
The image is still sharp in my mind. And yet that was nine years ago.
The house felt different for months. And there’s still a hole in my heart.
And that grief is repeated in households up and down the country every day.
There are 10 Million Cats and Dogs in South Africa alone.
Sadly, all these animals eventually die, and many have a much shorter lifespan than humans.
Some die suddenly, while others go into a gradual decline. Many pet owners (like me) have to go though the agonising decision of having their pet put to sleep.
Many pets also go missing or are stolen, never to return. Overall, that’s a lot of tragedy.
Families have a special relationship with their cat or dog. You can help them deal with their loss.
I know that you have real empathy for people who lose their animal. I know that because you’re still with me on this page.
And that’s why you could help owners deal with their pet loss. By becoming a Pet Bereavement Counsellor, you could bring comfort and understanding to owners who experience the death of a pet.
People who don’t have a pet often don’t understand the immense mourning a person can experience when a cat or dog dies. We’re supposed to bottle up our grief.
You probably know the moving 'Rainbow Bridge' poem. And you may have given someone a pet loss sympathy card. But sometimes people need more.
I had children and a partner. So although it was painful for me and them, we had each other for consolation.
But many people live alone, and lack someone they can talk to.
Even if you have family, the pain is still intense. It’s especially difficult for young children who find it hard to come to terms with the loss of their companion. You can help them cope.
There are very few pet loss counsellors
If you choose to learn the skills of a pet bereavement counsellor, you could help people get through their pain.
You’ll discover how to counsel the pet owner through each stage of their grief, and show them they can move on whilst keeping precious memories of their beloved pet.
You may also be needed to help with the practicalities of pet loss, such as cremation or burial, scattering of ashes, a memorial service and a memorial. The Pet Bereavement Counselling course will show you how to assist with all these situations.
How is the course assessed?
The course has 3 assessments that help you check you've absorbed the information. They also prepare you for the final exam. If you get at least 65% in the final exam, you'll receive a downloadable Certificate in Pet Bereavement.
How to start your own Pet Bereavement Counselling practice
There’s a big opportunity in pet loss counselling – because there’s so much demand for it and so little supply.
The pet bereavement counsellors that currently practise often don’t choose this career for the money, but it does help.
You don’t need commercial expertise to set up your business as a Pet Bereavement Counsellor. You just need common sense, dedication and a desire to succeed. And the course will show you how to set up a small business.
The impact of pet loss
According to a survey by insurance company Direct Line, pet owners take 8 million days off due to grief at the death of a pet.
One in four pet owners were too upset to go into the workplace when their pet died. And many of those who did go into work after the death of their pet said they were unproductive.
79% of people responding to the survey said they didn't think their boss would be sympathetic, and the only way they could get time off work was by pretending to be ill.
This tells us the scale of suffering people face when their beloved animal dies.
Are you looking for a new direction?
If you’re looking for a change of career, either from a job in a completely different walk of life, or you’re tired of the rat race and want to run your own business and be your own boss, the course is for you.
Our distance learning courses are designed for people who want a completely different career OR who want to expand and develop their current job.
You may already be in a similar role to a Pet Bereavement Counsellor, such as a veterinary assistant, people counsellor, kennel maid, or simply just love animals and helping people cope with problems.
Alternatively, you might be doing something very different from this type of career, but have always wanted to become a Pet Bereavement Counsellor. Now’s the time to sign up and take the plunge!
Upgrade and get Accreditation
For extra R600 (total R3235) you get a second, independent Level 3 Certificate from ABC Awards, a leading accreditation body, and one that is recognised by Ofqual.
Click here to see more about ABC Awards (it opens in a new page).
The Award is further evidence of your abilities to counsel bereaved pet owners. It could help you attract more clients. To learn more contact us by phone or email.
If you have any questions, call us on 065 317 8848 (or +27 39 973 0189 if you're outside South Africa) and we'll answer any queries you might have.
We look forward to helping you succeed.
With best wishes
PS. Becoming a pet bereavement counsellor is one of the most
inexpensive ways to set up your own business. You can work
from home, and you don’t need any special equipment.
So if you love animals, this could be right for you?
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