Anyone who has ever had a pet or worked with animals does not need science to explain the special bond between humans and animals. The connections we share with our pets, goes deeper than words can explain. Animals can sense our mood, our feelings and our sorrows. They have the ability to provide us with the joys and peacefulness that sometimes even our human relationships can’t give.
The human-animal bond is important to our physical, emotional and mental health,
specifically for those coming to the end of their life.
When Compassion Comes on Four Legs takes a deeper look at the human-animal bond as it relates to the terminally ill and caregivers. During this session, we will discuss why the human-animal bond is important as a holistic approach to dying, death and grieving, explore how the process of dying is shared between humans and animals, and learn ways animals experience grief.
Meet Our Speaker- Stacy Murphy, RVT
Stacy is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Clinic Coordinator, working with the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth. With over 14 years of professional animal care, she brings perspectives on animal care from both small private practices as well as animal shelter. She has been a volunteer with HHA’s The Bello Project for over a year. The Bello Project is a service providing caring for the pets of people with terminal illness.
Other Great Workshops To Look Forward To
Many Faces of Compassion is a monthly virtual speaker spotlight series, providing information and resources for volunteers, family members and professional caregivers supporting someone with a life-threatening illness. During these events we take a deeper dive into issues and challenges facing the caregiver community, discuss ways to be more empathetic, sympathetic and compassionate toward fellow caregivers and those we love and support, and learn the importance self compassion and care plays in a holistic approach to caregiving.
This year’s theme “Walking In Each Other’s Shoes” encourages that no one should feel alone.
Compassion is the fabric that holds communities and families together. It motivates and challenges us to see each other in ourselves, “to suffer together” and soothe the physical, mental or emotional pains. Without compassion, we would be living in isolation and on the edge.
Now more than ever, we need compassionate people and communities in the World.
We need to “Walk in Each Other’s Shoes.”
We would like to thank our generous partners….
Can you provide expertise in the topics of self-care, mental health, wellness and health, meditation, healthy living, mind-body balance. Would your life story or experiences help guide others to live a more compassionate life? We strongly believe in the power of community, so we want to connect with you. Please click the link below here to learn more about ways to get involve and share your expertise.