The Pet Loss Companion podcast

The Pet Loss Companion

Kenneth Dolan-Del Vecchio & Nancy Saxton-Lopez

Hosted by family therapists Nancy Saxton-Lopez and Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, authors of the bestselling book The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups, this podcast shares experiences, recommendations, and reflections that help listeners with the loss of their animal companions. Ken and Nancy help listeners celebrate the gifts and navigate the challenges that come when we share our lives with beloved pets. Contact us at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and kenddv@gmail.com. https://www.amazon.com/Pet-Loss-Companion-Healing-Therapists/dp/1484918266/ref=sr_1_3?dch Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support

41 Episodes

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    #41 When Our Pet's Death Causes Great Anxiety About the Health of Our Surviving Pets

    31:06

    Join family therapists and authors Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio and Nancy Saxton-Lopez for a conversation sparked by an audience member's story and question. We'll talk about how the death of a pet can heighten our anxiety about the health of our surviving pets and strategies for addressing this.    As always, we welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com.   The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #40 A Language Beyond Words: How We and Our Animal Companions Communicate

    29:08

    Do you talk with your pets? Of course you do! Join family therapists and authors Nancy Saxton-Lopez and Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio for a conversation about the soulful, intuitive ways that we and our dogs, cats, horses, parrots, rabbits, and other non-human family members communicate.   As always, we welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com.   The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #39 "How Can I Keep the Memory of My Pet Alive?" and Other Questions From Listeners

    30:52

    Join family therapists and authors Nancy Saxton-Lopez and Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio for a conversation that responds to recent listener questions about how we can keep the memory of our pet alive, how to manage our grief when a freak accident claims the life or a young animal companion, and more.    As always, we welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com.   The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #38 Communicating with Our Deceased Pets

    32:36

    Join family therapists and authors Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio and Nancy Saxton-Lopez for a conversation about communicating with our deceased pets. We'll share stories of contact made directly by those who have lost beloved animal companions, including Nancy and Ken, as well as messages received through professional communicators.   We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com. The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #37 When Euthanasia Means Losing Your Work Partner and Other Special Circumstances

    30:11

    Join family therapists and authors Nancy Saxton-Lopez  and Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio for a conversation about euthanasia in special circumstances, such as when the decision to euthanize means the end of a relationship with a canine work partner or personal service provider. We'll also touch upon other extraordinary situations, such as when euthanasia is mandated by a court decision. We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com. The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon  This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #36 Letting Go of the Would'ves, Could'ves, and Should'ves

    31:41

    Join family therapists and authors Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio and Nancy Saxton-Lopez for a look at the misgivings, regrets, and afterthoughts so common after the loss of a beloved animal companion. We'll share thoughts on how to live with these common features of grief.    We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com.   The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #35 The Animal-Human Bond

    24:50

    Join authors and family therapists Nancy Saxton-Lopez and Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio for a conversation about the importance of the bond we forge with our animal companions and the ways that that bond adds to our health and wellbeing. Please note that we're sharing this recorded program outside of our usual Thurs schedule because of our vacations this month. We'll post our next episode after our live 6pm ET broadcast on September 9th. We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com.  The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. With great sadness, Ken dedicates this episode to the memory of Abigail, who passed away only hours after this recording was made. Abigail, a soulful 16-year-old Chihuahua, was the beloved family member of Ken and his husband Tim. May she awaken into a beautiful new life. Blessed be. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #34 Guilt and Self-Forgiveness

    24:57

    Join family therapists and authors Nancy Saxton-Lopez and Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio for a conversation about guilt and self-forgiveness. As always, Ken and Nancy welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com. The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon Many thanks to Devin Febbroriello for sharing her moving tribute to her beloved Miso, which includes many helpful thoughts for those who are grieving: https://www.devinjane.co/post/to-grieve-is-to-love-and-to-love-is-to-fully-live This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #33 Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Spirituality

    31:30

    Join family therapists and authors Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio and Nancy Saxton-Lopez for a conversation about a variety of perspectives on death and dying and how these shape our experiences with loss and grief.  As always, Ken and Nancy welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com.   The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support
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    #32 When Tragedy Strikes A Pet Who is Being Cared for by a Family Member, and Other Complicated Losses

    29:14

    Join family therapists and authors Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio and Nancy Saxton-Lopez for a discussion of questions raised by two audience members who recently suffered complicated losses. One involves the death of a puppy who was being cared for by a family member and the other a pet with many rapidly progressing illnesses.  As always, Ken and Nancy welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com.   The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org.. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support

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