Grieving Pet Loss - Honoring the Process

Ways to get through the pain that few truly understand
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (54 ratings)
1,381 students
34min of on-demand video

Understand grief related to pet loss; transform personal awareness of loss (through illness or death).
Learn about principles and practices involved in healthy grieving.
Learn compassion for self through grieving process.
Truly appreciate the power of love for and with pets.


  • Any loving relationship with a pet (past or present).


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.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who has suffered the loss of a pet through illness, injury or any change in life experience.


Compassionate Grief Recovery, Mindfulness&Meditation Coach
Hanifa Menen
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 64 Reviews
  • 1,416 Students
  • 6 Courses

Hello! In a nutshell, I am a Grief Recovery, Brain Re-Training, Spiritual Guide focused on Conscious healing of the mind, body and soul. I love people, nature, writing poetry, reading, and teaching people how to be the best of themselves.

My latest "I" Sight Course is specifically about learning one of the ways we can understand Higher Consciousness - which flows to us and through us. For me today, It is flowing through my online and/or personal training for clients, and through poetry writing that is coming from an inspired space of both wisdom and playfulness. Two new books have just been published last month (November 2021) - contact me for details if you're interested.

The longer (far from nutshell) version: 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 nature and animal-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 here 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.

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