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Pet Loss Support Group to be offered monthly

August 9, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A new Pet Loss Support Group, which starts next Thursday, is being offered by Hope Healthcare for those in the community.

Hope Healthcare CEO Samira Beckwith said the organization had previously offered a support group for those who have lost their pet and decided to offer it again because after talking with people in the community, it was apparent that there is a need again.

"We have always been very sensitive to the fact that pets bring loving care to people," she said, adding that studies have shown that "pets help reduce a person's blood pressure and provides comfort and support."

Hope Healthcare is offering a monthly Pet Loss Support Group, starting Thursday, Aug. 15, at 2430 Diplomat Parkway, E., at 4 p.m. The group, which is open to the community at no cost, will meet on the third Thursday of the month. Although walk-ins are welcome, those who wish to attend the first group are asked to call Tricia Black, at 239-985-2485.

"It's nice to know how many to expect, so we can accommodate them," she said.

Beckwith said the support group offers an opportunity for individuals to talk about their loss with others who have gone through a similar situation.

"Talking about a loss with someone that has a similar experience has shown to be very supportive and helpful to someone," she said. "We thought this would be a special group."

The Pet Loss Support Group, Beckwith said, fits with Hope Healthcare's overall concern for people and how pets really become part of the family. She said oftentimes the pet becomes very close to a person because it is either the only family they have, or the only family close due to family members being scattered across the country.

"They are part of your every day, your existence. It's a big loss. It's an adjustment and transition," Beckwith said of losing a pet. "It's good to be able to have support."

Hope Healthcare has an entire pet therapy program, which includes pets visiting patients at Hospice Houses.

"We have our visiting pets that are certified that come and visit families because they bring such joy," she said. "We have pets that become pet volunteers to Hospice Houses."

They also offer a special program for pet adoptions.

"We have pet adoption for some of our people in Hospice who worry about what is going to happen to their beloved pet when they pass away," Beckwith said. "We help to arrange adoptions ahead of time."

Hope Healthcare is celebrating 40 years of service in the community.

"We provide care for so many people that are experiencing a loss through our bereavement program," she said. "We are here for the people and here for the community."

For additional information, please visit, or call 239-482-4673.



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