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Sid Korpi is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and of the PetPAC.

Her book, "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss," is currently used in the Animal Chaplaincy Program through the Emerson Theological Institute and the Pet-Loss Grief Specialist Certification Program through the American Institute of Health Care Professionals.

Animal Chaplaincy Services

Grieving a human loss can actually be somewhat easier simply because of the support, compassion and permission to grieve we're shown. When that support is missing, where can you turn in your pain?

Animal Chaplaincy Services can help you...

Prepare for pet loss — offering guidance as you determine when it's time to euthanize your beloved animal companion;
Cope with the loss — helping you process the intense feelings of grief, sorrow, guilt, etc.*;
Move on after pet loss — providing ways to memorialize and celebrate the life of your companion, bringing you necessary closure so you can open your heart and home to a new pet when the time is right.

(*Not a substitute for professional therapy if symptoms of depression are severe or do not abate within a few weeks' time.)

Animal Chaplaincy Services include:

Free Online Support and Consultations — Messages returned within 24 hours of receipt at goodgriefpetloss@gmail.com.
Free Pet Memorial Posting at www.goodgriefpetloss.wordpress.com. Submit desired text and a .jpg photo of your pet to goodgriefpetloss@gmail.com. Celebrate new animal additions here, too!
Accompanying You to Your Pet's Euthanasia Appointment. Twin Cities area ONLY. Cost: Mileage reimbursement and free-will offering.
Memorial Ceremony Planning Assistance. Free if online; mileage reimbursement and free-will offering if on-site. Twin Cities area ONLY.
Pet Funerals — Writing and performing a 1520-minute funeral service on-site. (Cost: $50 plus mileage reimbursement. Twin Cities area ONLY.)
Group Animal Blessings and/or Motivational Speaking (topics such as "Pet Loss – Receiving the Gifts Only Grief Can Give.") Sliding fee for talks 2090 minutes in length, plus travel expenses.

Free Resources also provided to:
  • Pet cremation services
  • Pet loss support groups and/or hot lines
  • Grief counselors
  • Recommended readings
  • Pet urns and grave markers
  • Artists, photographers and other artisans who will create for you commemorative portraits and/or art
  • Home-for-life shelters for elderly or ill animals who are not considered adoptable but whose owners can no longer care for them
  • Financial planning for pets' care should their human pass before them
Reverend Sid Korpi is a nonsectarian animal chaplain, minister and wedding officiant. Contact her at goodgriefpetloss@gmail.com, sid@nonconformistnuptials.com or 612-822-0888.
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