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Welcome

…to the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.

The APLB is a nonprofit association of concerned volunteers who are experienced and knowledgeable in the tender subject of pet death. Our chatrooms are free and available to anyone bereaving for a beloved pet. Membership is not required for this.

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement is a compassionate nonprofit organization of trained volunteers, dedicated to helping people during this very special kind of bereavement. We are constantly improving all our services, and making them freely available on the Internet. The APLB is unique, and the only organization in the world doing all this.

This organization is exceptional in many ways. We have created a unique additional service as a worldwide clearing house for all information on pet bereavement. Here we regularly update what is widely acknowledged as the best source of information and assistance to grieving animal lovers. We are proud to be the acclaimed leader and authority in the field of petloss and bereavement.

Our Board of Directors holds regular bimonthly meetings, to keep our objectives updated and in sharp focus. There will always be positions here for individuals who have the ability and desire to assist us in our work. This is an idea whose time has finally come, and the APLB was created to do something about it. We are here to help, and eagerly welcome new friends and members.

The APLB has become a major worldwide institution, and we invite your membership and feedback. Please join with us as one of our supporters in this wonderful movement. Our beloved companion animals have brought us together. And now we are here for each other.

On the webpage links at the left you will see an extensive list of specialized help pages to click on. We are all highly trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling, and are here for you. Our beloved animal friends have brought us together, and in honor of them we are now all here for each other, as well.

The APLB is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Mission Statement

We are all in this fragile lifeboat together. We believe that each of us must do whatever can be done to help anyone else who is in deep bereavement for a beloved pet. Caring for others is so necessary in this painful encounter which we all must take part in during our own lifetimes. What we learn is freely offered to anyone who can benefit from it which immeasurably enriches the giver, as well. That’s what the APLB is all about. We want to share your feelings and experiences. The added insight that only you can help us develop will assist us in serving others. Reservoirs are filled by one raindrop at a time. Come, join with us, and help make the difference.

We pride ourselves in being the collective wisdom and experience of all our friends and members. And we make that freely available to anyone who can use this to help those in deep bereavement for a beloved pet. Our highly acclaimed chatrooms are facilitated by specially trained pet bereavement counselors. There have been many attempts to copy us, but none have had the benefit of our professional experience, direction and discipline. We also offer personal Email assistance.

During bereavement we are much more susceptible and vulnerable to those who would capitalize on what they know we want to hear. Because of this we suggest caution in seeking a counselor. The APLB recognizes that there are several emerging controversial approaches to counseling in pet loss. They range widely from the metaphysical through faith-healing, aroma therapy, and even magical thinking. But not so surprisingly, we find that there are always individuals who feel confident that some of these work for them. However, this association favors therapies based on established and authenticated pet bereavement analysis and treatment. We also advocate that this specialized categorization of counselors requires provable successful experience in counseling in this subject.

There are many well-intentioned individuals who have undergone the loss of their pets, and want to be accepted as counselors in this specialty. But they have not had adequate conventional training (or any, at all) in bereavement counseling. Although such a personal purpose is in itself praiseworthy, this association cannot in good faith recommend anyone who does not have practical preparation and experience in counseling. However, the APLB will register all members who request being listed here as pet bereavement counselors provided that they include a brief and clear accounting of their background, training and methodology. We have prepared a standard application format for all postings in our registry.

Despite our stated preferences, there will be no actual endorsements made by this Association. The responsibility of choice is completely up to the individual. The APLB serves only as a centralized registry for these listings, enabling potential clients to make more educated choices of counselors and services that may be able to help them. The APLB must deny all accountability in the viewers selection of any counselor or service, or any consequences, thereof.

The APLB is always open to suggestions or recommendations of names or services to be added, here. Please help us make our list of counselors and other resources as complete as possible. If you know of any, we would very much appreciate your contacting them to ask for inclusion in our database.

Newsletters

Every new edition of our newsletters introduces important issues and fresh viewpoints, which are useful to anyone involved in this subject. Most of the concepts have never before been in print, and the APLB is the pioneer and sole source for these important ideas and perspectives. Our newsletters are designed to guide those who have lost a dear pet, as well as the good people who counsel in this subject. These highly acclaimed quarterly publications are made available only to members of the APLB. All previous issues are also easily downloadable, and can be printed out. To read them, join us now.

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