Author Archives: Kristi Lehman, MSW, LISW

The Gift of Planning Ahead

There is no doubt that the hardest part of loving a pet is the inevitable goodbye at the end of their beautiful, but far-too-short lives. When faced with the death of a pet, the options and decisions can feel overwhelming … Continue reading

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Clay Paw Print Alternatives

During the current COVID-19 crisis, MN Pets will continue to take significant precautions during home visits to reduce the potential risk of transmission and exposure. These precautions are crucial in keeping the doctor and her family, you and your family, … Continue reading

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Interactive Quality of Life Assessment

This scale, called the JOURNEYS scale, is designed to help you rate your pet’s quality of life. Each letter stands for a different aspect of quality of life for a pet. This assessment will walk you through each aspect and … Continue reading

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Anticipatory Grief: The Sadness Before the Loss

When we learn that our beloved pet has a terminal illness, or we realize that they are struggling with the changes that old age brings, many of us feel a deep sense of loss or grief even though our pet … Continue reading

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Coping With Grief During the Holidays

For many people, the holidays are a time spent with our loved ones, celebrating our relationships and togetherness. When you have lost a family member, including a beloved pet, the holidays can magnify your sense of loss. Suddenly, the merriment … Continue reading

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Am I ready for another pet?

The ifs and whens of getting another pet can be complicated and emotional, and no two experiences are exactly alike. While there isn’t necessarily a “right” or “wrong” decision, there are some questions you should ask yourself to help explore … Continue reading

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Grief Role-Modeling

For kids of all ages, losing a pet can be a confusing, heartbreaking and scary experience. For many kids, it might even be the first time they have had to grapple with death and grief. But, along with all of the … Continue reading

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Healing Through Remembering

  If you have ever lost a human family member, you know that funeral services, public announcements, obituaries, visitations or wakes, and many sympathy cards usually follow the death. Often, there is a period of mourning that is acknowledged, respected … Continue reading

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Pet Loss Hotlines

When you are grieving the loss of your beloved pet or you are wrestling with painful end-of-life decisions, it is important to identify your support system so that you know where to turn when you are feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes our … Continue reading

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9 Ways to Memorialize a Pet

When a beloved companion animal dies, the void they leave behind can feel overwhelming. When their physical presence filled every space in your lap, bed, home and heart, the emptiness you feel after they are gone can be the most … Continue reading

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