- Introduction: A Little Information About Me and My Dog and Course Intro
- Oh the Love!!!
- The Loss
- Lessons That Our Pets Teach Us
- Preserving Memories of Our Never-Forgotten Fur-Babies
- Forgiveness and Compassion
- Conclusion - Pet Love and Self Love
The love given and received from pets is so incredibly wonderful - an intense daily boost and pleasure that is indescribable in words! This is why the mutual trust and co-dependence that becomes part of our daily routines and experience is so difficult to lose. Whether the loss is sudden, expected; has happened recently or years ago, this is a process that pet-lovers may understand, yet no one will feel the way YOU feel in your time of loss. Sympathy or empathy is received initially for many of us yet, over time, most of us feel too much guilt to burden others with the grief that is not easy to shake from this experience. Many of us have had especially "that special one" that leaves an impression like no other - whose loss hits that much harder. This course is to help you get through your healthy processing of this unique grief as I work through my own. I will share ideas and tips from what I have learned as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and provide resources and ideas of ways to help make one of the most widely-felt and infrequently-discussed losses in our lives - manageable. This course will not make you no longer miss your loss - but I hope will help provide healthy and positive awareness of this special relationship through compassion for your lost pet, AND compassion for yourself through this process too. There is no doubt in my mind that our loved pets would want nothing more than this for us.
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I started my career with Bachelor of Science Degree Specializing in Neuropsychology at the University of Alberta, then proceeded to McMaster University to study Health Sciences. I was involved with several research projects while I was at McMaster and focused most on chronic health concerns and caregiver stress. I then studied Naturopathic Medicine in a 4-year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, followed by a 2-year residency program in which I focused on Eastern Medicine. I have taught various courses from Anatomy and Physiology, Gynaecology, Minor Surgery, and Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture. I am also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and have worked with many people - friends, family, and patients with this process to help process the grief that can come from the numerous sources of losses in all of our lives.
I was one of the co-founders of the Canadian Integrative Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada and I am continuing to focus my care in this area and chronic illness in general.
I have always felt that best health combines a foundation of good nutrition and blends this with optimism, intention and belief in the body/mind/soul for long term success in health goals. Did I mention that I am also a Certified Mindfulness Practitioner (Certified in Level 1,2, 3, and Master's Levels) My Cancer Healing Foods course on Udemy is intended to help build/inspire this foundation for viewers and those in need. The guidance for mindfulness, optimism, and mind-retraining will come in future courses.
The purely fun-side: I am a dog-lover due largely to the inspiration and influence of my first and only dog - a Miniature Schnauzer - Caesar Augustus von Schnauzer - who helped me create a mini-schnauzer dog-blog (Schnauzer Savvy on WordPress); and a youtube channel (Dogtor Caesar) based on my desire to share what he has helped me learn about this breed's needs and capabilities! Also the inspiration for my Pet Loss course on Udemy. He continues to be the background joy in each love-filled step I take!
The greatest joys in my life are the countless blessings I receive from my patients/clients, my dearest friends, my loving family, and my dog (even from far) every single day.