Pet Grief Relief – a Program to Cope with the Loss of a Pet

I am fortunate enough to say that I have never lost a pet. Okay, I lied. I forgot that I lost Chet, a Black Moore Goldfish that I had for two years while I was in grad school. He knew the sound of my voice and slept on the left side of the fish tank, right next to my bed. Even though he was a goldfish, I was sad he was gone. He was my study buddy, and always followed my finger outlining his tank.

Almost ten years later, I entered the rescue world, filled with dogs that are sick with viruses and mothers giving birth to stillborn puppies. Those rescues are the hardest, because you do everything in your power to save the dog’s life, and they just don’t pull through. Pets, whether they are with us for one hour during a rescue transport, or fifteen years, become a part of us. They become a part of our lives. Sometimes, we love them more than our human counterparts. How do we cope with losing them?

Most pet owners know that their animals won’t outlive us, and we don’t even think about how to prepare for the death of a pet. If you type “pet loss” or “pet grief” into a search engine, you will find some articles, but there are little to no resources to help you cope with your loss.

The last post on Realm of Vibes, 10 Ways to Cope with a Pet Loss, was written by Kelly Catalano, who created the Pet Grief Relief Program. I am fortunate enough to review Pet Grief Relief to help spread awareness about this program to help people cope with the loss of their pet.

About Kelly Catalano 

Kelly Catalano is a gifted Spiritual Teacher, Master Energy Healer, LOAC Life Coach/ Prosperity Guide, Holy Fire Reiki Master Practitioner/ Instructor, & EFT Specialist. Talking to her is like talking to a cool, calm, and collected older sister. Even though I’ve spoken to her for a few weeks, I feel like I’ve known her for years.

Several years ago, her family’s 8-Year-Old Italian Greyhound, Chloe became ill. Chloe’s diagnosis was terminal, and a difficult decision had to be made to either prolong the inevitable or put Chloe to sleep. Kelly and her husband did not want to see Chloe suffer, so they wound up putting Chloe to sleep.

Words can’t express how they felt. Putting their beloved dog to sleep took an emotional, physical, and mental toll, as they were not eating, sleeping, and replaying the series of events in their heads over and over and over again.

They found a video for grief of a loved one using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which is a combination of acupuncture, energy medicine, thought field therapy (TFT), and psychotherapy. After two 15 minute sessions, Kelly and her husband felt calmer and more relaxed. She created the Pet Grief Relief EFT Tapping program to help pet owners cope with the loss of a pet.

Kelly Catalano of Pet Grief Relief

Kelly Catalano, creator of Pet Grief Relief

Pet Grief Relief Program

Pet Grief Relief is comprised of 3 tapping scripts, the first to help heal grief, the second to relieve the guilt, and the last to pave the way for healing and recovery. A bonus EFT tapping script for stress around the illness or failing health of your pet. With the purchase of your program, you will receive access to the Rainbow Bridge guided visualization designed for you to energetically connect heart to heart with your pet on the spiritual plane.

Some of you may be wondering, “what is tapping?” I thought the same thing. Tapping is just that, tapping, specific pressure points while repeating statements and allowing yourself to really feel emotions. Tapping frees you from limiting beliefs, fears, traumas, old memories, and blocks in your subconscious mind. Tapping allows negative emotions to dissipate, and for you to feel more relaxed and calm.

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EFT Tapping calms the sympathetic nervous system and works similarly to acupuncture. EFT and Tapping are non-invasive and only requires your time.

Program Options

Pet Grief Relief

Program #1: PDF Download, $97 USD

Program #1 is a fantastic option for those who can read and follow a script telling you where to tap. Perfect for solely visual learners.

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Option #2: Audio & PDF Download, $147 USD

This is an upgraded option where you can follow Kelly’s soothing voice while following the script on a PDF. Perfect for auditory learners.

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Option #3: Video & PDF, $197 USD

This is the program I received complimentary. This option you follow the EFT Tapping Scripts with Kelly in video format. I would prefer this option over all of the others since I am a visual kinesthetic learner. I learn by seeing and doing.

Review

I first started by reading through the PDF which explains the Pet Grief Relief program, the story of how Pet Grief Relief came about through Kelly’s personal story, information and the different components of EFT, a diagram of the tapping points, and Kelly’s background information and credentials. You click on a link and are given a password to access the Pet Grief Relief Tapping videos.

The four Pet Grief Relief Tapping videos:

  • Pet Grief Relief Tapping for Grief
    • to help heal grief
    • Example: “This pain in my heart is overwhelming me” while tapping collar bone
  • Pet Grief Relief Tapping for Guilt
    • to help heal guilt
    • Example: “I have lost so much” while tapping side of eyebrow
  • Pet Grief Relief Tapping for Healing Recovery
    • paves the way for recovery
    • Example: “Maybe I can move forward in a way that feels safe…while still honoring my pet” while tapping under eye
  • Pet Grief Relief Bonus Tapping for Stress
    • designed to calm the stress and helplessness you may feel about your pet’s health and well-being
    • Example: “I am sad for my pet’s health” while tapping side of eye

Each tapping video is 7.5-9 minutes long and can be repeated as many times as needed.

Kelly starts each script with deep breathing. She encourages you to alter the script to your feelings and/or needs.

I find Kelly to be very calming and soothing. Her voice is relaxing and she makes me feel safe.

Rainbow Bridge Meditation: This ten-minute meditation is to connect with your pet on a spiritual plane. Kelly guides you through a box breathing segment, and then a meditation that you just can’t help but to feel extremely relaxed and calm. I’m not going to lie, I cried. When Kelly said, “Suddenly, here comes your pet over the Rainbow Bridge. Your pet is full of joy…You embrace your pet…” Oh. My. Goodness. This is a beautiful guided meditation that you could repeat over and over again to really spend time with your pet on the other side. I think that when pets pass, they are truly happy.

My thoughts: After each video segment, I felt like a different person. I love how Kelly integrates finding a comfortable seat, breathing, tapping pressure points with mantras that can help you cope with the feelings of losing a pet. I like how I have the option to stop and rewind the videos and access them at any time. Kelly always ends on a positive note and tells you how many times to repeat the script before moving on to the next one.  It isn’t time-consuming, and all you need is to have a place to sit and your computer. I recommend a quiet area that you can really relax and pay attention.

I have started integrating tapping during my morning meditation with statements such as, “I am strong.” and “I am going to have a good day, despite any challenges that get in my way.” I am a true believer in the EFT Tapping technique after following the Pet Grief Relief program.

Make sure you visit Pet Grief Relief on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to share the Pet Grief Relief program, for it can be a fantastic resource for those dealing with the loss of a pet.

Namaste.

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Disclosure: I had complimentary access to Option #3 of the Pet Grief Relief program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions within are my own. If you would like your product or service to be featured on Realm of Vibes, please visit the Contact page and fill out the form. 

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10 Ways to Cope with Pet Loss

by Kelly Catalano, Master Energy Practitioner/Healer, Creator of Pet Grief Relief

Anyone who has had a pet transition can find it challenging to cope with the heart break, intense pain and emotional chaos. No matter what type of pet you owned, coping with the grief of losing it is an intensely personal process.

In order to understand how to process the grief, let’s briefly review the five stages of grief.

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You may move through these stages very quickly or linger in each stage for a prolonged period of time.

Pet grief is very dynamic and often misunderstood. The pet owner can be shocked by the intensity and emotional turmoil associated with the death of a pet. When the brain experiences emotional trauma it takes just a few seconds for an emotional response to kick in and become associated with it. That is why when we recall the memory, we get an emotional response no matter how much time has passed. The more physical response tied to the memory, the harder it is to release it.

The longer we hold on to emotional anguish, the more we poke it, prod it, recall it and relive it, the more embedded the detrimental emotions become.

How Grief Works

Our emotions become a tangled-up mess we are unable to process, let go of and hold us hostage in a time and place we no longer wish to be in.

They say time heals all wounds but in reality, in order to heal and recover we have to actually release the emotions tied to the memory from our body. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this. They are all safe, effective and work relatively fast.

As a master energy practitioner/ healer here are my favorite ways to help clients release pet grief.

  • EFT tapping…Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Distance Reiki
  • Chakra Clearing
  • TAT…Tapas Acupressure Technique
  • Guided visualization to connect with pet heart to heart on the spiritual plane

These techniques work all the time. No need to believe to receive.

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In the meantime, here are 10 coping methods I find work well to start on the path to healing and recovery.

  • Take as much time as you need to grieve. Only you know what is best for you. Don’t let others dictate your feelings. Honor how you feel and the life of your pet in a way that celebrates your time together.
  • Be open to how you experience grief. Trying to repress feelings causes more stress and anxiety than expressing them.
  • Express your grief in a way that allows you to honor your pet’s life. Write a poem, a letter to your pet, create a memory book. Engage in a positive activity that will move you forward.
  • Have a memorial service for your pet or create a memorial for your pet. Celebrate your pet’s life in a way that makes the most sense to you.
  • Find your tribe. Connect with others who understand how you feel. There are many support groups on social media or locally to help you through this challenging time.
  • Get involved. Help organize a pet food drive. Volunteer at an animal shelter. Offer your support to someone else.
  • Write it out. Keep a journal. Journaling allows you to express and work through your feelings in a safe private nonjudgmental way.
  • Get professional help if and when needed. Use a program like Pet Grief Relief to help process, find relief, heal and recover. While intense grief is normal and natural, experiencing prolonged grief, sadness, anger, and depression is a sign more help is needed as well as lead to physical illness.
  • Ease into a new routine. Join a gym, take a class, engage your brain and time toward a new learning activity.
  • Be easy on yourself. No matter how your pet transitioned, your pet loves you unconditionally and knows you always had their best interest at heart. Our pets are always with us on the spiritual plane looking after us. They are always available to connect through visualization or meditation from their new state of being.

10 Ways to Cope with Pet Loss

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If I Died Tomorrow…

Death surrounds me. When I was doing my internship, my clinical instructor used to read the obituaries. She told me, “You just wait…when you are a therapist, if you work in a setting with older adults, you will read the obituaries too.” Five years later, I actually read the obituaries. I have both hated and enjoyed reading about one of my former patient’s passing. I have cut their obituary out of the paper, tucked it into my scrub pocket, and carried their 400-word blurb into work to share with my colleagues.

Nursing homes can be a pretty eerie place to work. The smells and sounds have most people running for the hills. I have had long walks down the corridors, only to find out that one of my patient’s expired. I hate that word, expire. It reminds me of milk…

Death is apart of my husband’s job, too, as he is a police officer. When he gets home, a conversation can go something like:

“How was your day?”

“Great. I had a young couple overdose on heroin. How was your day?”

“Great. One of my patients died…they didn’t make it to the hospital.”

Silence.

12:34. That is my Grandma’s signal for everything being in order…When she died, she would wake us up at 12:34 AM. Whenever I catch 12:34, I say, “Hi, Grandma!”

The foster puppies… I usually foster the older dogs, but I will hear that one or two of the puppies didn’t make it because of Parvo or some other illness. Dog rescue is not for the faint of heart. Very, very depressing.

Make sure you have your wishes in order. If you don’t already have one, make sure you have a will, power of attorney, and healthcare proxy. I have noticed that while working in a nursing home, it is really important that you have your stuff together and legalized to prevent any problems.

The past two weeks were very challenging. I went to two wakes, which made me think about my life.

If I died tomorrow…

  • Put me in a bio-degradable coffin and bury me in the ground. I am an environmentalist. Coffins are expensive and don’t decompose. Grow a tree, or plant flowers near me. Come visit me; talk to me, keep me posted on what is going on in your life. Cover me with a flannel blanket during the winter and place flip-flops on my grave in the summertime. Leave pictures of your travels and talk to me. I will be there for you.
  • Play good music during my wake. Play Trevor Hall, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone. I don’t want to listen to elevator music, and neither do you. Don’t make it a super sappy event. I don’t want that. Cry, but talk about the good stuff. Laugh. Smile. It will be okay.
  • Dress me in anything royal blue and a fresh pair of sneakers. Comfortable is my favorite word when it comes to fashion.
  • Have pictures of Jason, my family, friends, and Bailey with me. I felt the most beautiful on my wedding day so include some mementos from that day. Replay my wedding video on a television. Put some pictures of the foster dogs I helped save. I know I will continue to rescue dogs in Heaven.
  • Make sure I have the Italian horns and hands with me; they will protect me and ward away any evil on my travels from earth to Heaven.
  • Flowers die. While beautiful, I rather you donate money to the rescue organization. The dogs need it more than I will.
  • At my repast, drink, eat, and be merry. This too shall pass. You will be fine and so will I.

I snap. I blink. I take a breath. Death could happen in that one, single second. I could get into an accident, fall down the stairs, or lightening could strike me dead. Boom. Lights out. Game over. Thanks for playing. It’s a crazy concept, isn’t it?

I try to live every day to the fullest. Sometimes, if my husband and I are discussing a big purchase, we will turn to one another and say, “YOLO!” as our reminder that we have ONE shot in life. Buy the item on your wish list. Get the manicure. Eat the brownie. When we wake up to see another day, we are truly blessed. The harsh reality is that death could be a moment away…

Death is a hard topic for some people to discuss. I leave you with some thoughts; If you were to die tomorrow, do people know what you want? Your desires and wishes? Would they know how you feel about them? Would you have lived to be your best self?

Namaste.

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