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Pet Loss Support Group

Pet Loss Support Group

In this support group, we recognize the profound connections we share with our pets, akin to the bonds we hold with each other. As we navigate the pain of loss, we find comfort in collective understanding, honouring the special relationships with our animal companions and embarking on a healing journey together.

Starts 16th July, 2024

4 Zoom sessions | 75 minutes each

Confidential | Each Tuesday 7:30 PM IST

Group Type: Support Group

Small group, 6-8 people

Led by a therapist- Avneet

INR 3000 for India-based participants | INR 5000 for participants outside India

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Goals of the Group

Our group provides a safe and compassionate environment for those of us mourning the loss of our pets. This particular grief can be especially challenging as it's often misunderstood by others- a form of grief known as disenfranchised grief- leaving us to feel isolated and alone. Finding a supportive community that understands and validates our experience can be crucial in the grieving process.
This is a space where people can ask questions, seek advice, and develop strategies to heal together through meaningful activities. We honour that grief looks different for each person and strive to hold space for one another's unique experiences and emotions.

Who is the group for?

This group is tailored for adults aged 18 and above who are grieving the loss of their pet. It also welcomes individuals who are anticipating the loss or are coping with a missing pet. It provides a safe space for those in search of a supportive community to empathize with them, lend an ear, and navigate the intricate journey of grieving a pet loss.

Glimpse of the regime

Session 1

- Sharing stories and memories of pets, in a safe, confidential space.
- Understanding what grief looks like for each one of us.
- Exploring the heavy emotions of anger, guilt and pain that flood us now and then.

Session 2

- Going in depth- exploring emotional and physical reactions to grief.
- Reflective tasks and activities.

Session 3

- Sharing advice, tips, and coping strategies.
- Participating in symbolic activities for remembrance.

Session 4

- Discovering ways to cherish the memories of our pets as we navigate life without them.
- Exploring rituals and closure activities.

  • The loss of my loyal dog left a void in my life, and joining the pet loss support group became a source of strength.

    Pooja

    28 years

  • Losing my beloved cat was heartbreaking, but the pet loss support group provided a comforting space where I could share my grief and find solace.

    Rahul

    30 years

  • I had lost my dog, it was depressing. Being part of the group helped me in my journey of recovery.

    Aswin

    23 years

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Meet your Facilitator

Avneet

Avneet truly believes that every individual has the resources to cope within them, and facilitates the healing journey by tapping into inner strengths and building self-awareness to manage deep-seated emotions.

Working with both individuals and couples, her work has centred around concerns like emotional distress, complex trauma/abuse, relationships & grief, among many others.

She is trauma-informed and a queer-affirmative therapist. With 3+ years of experience and an MSc in Clinical Psychology, she employs an eclectic and relational approach, drawing from cognitive-behavioural, humanistic & mindfulness-based therapies.

Outside the therapy space, you'll find Avneet immersed in books, running marathons, and enjoying quality time with her cats.

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What are SoulUp Groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am I going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has SoulUp been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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