The DoveLewis Pet Loss Blog

Enid Traisman

Enid Traisman, certified grief counselor & Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, shares her insight to help others navigate the grief of losing a beloved pet. Grieving for a loved pet is a natural, normal and personal process. Because they touched our lives so deeply they are deserving of our grief. Learn tips and tools for healing.


The “Dear Enid” blog post series is my new advice column.

I invite you to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) about your beloved pet. Include questions, concerns, fears, hopes, dreams—everything related to that magical human-animal bond you were blessed to experience. I will respond to support you as you navigate your life without your pet. I will do my best to share the wisdom I have gained as facilitator of the DoveLewis pet loss support program for the past 27 years.

~Enid Traisman, DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director

11/18/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 13 times.


Celebrating the Holidays Without Your Companion Animal

“Happy holidays!” That’s the greeting we hear often during this time of year. But if you are grieving the loss of your pet, you may be feeling some apprehension. After all, how does one celebrate the holidays when a loved one is so sorely missed?

Normal questions you may be asking yourself include: How can I make it through all the events of the holidays while missing so desperately the one I love? Would I be better off to ignore the holidays this year? Should I act as if everything is normal? Should I make major changes in my holiday rituals?

As explored in a Pet Talk article on... Read More >

12/10/14 | 2 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 20991 times.


Kodiak Sokol: A Pet Loss Story

The following pet loss story was sent to DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Chris Sokol. Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here.

An Ode to A gentle giant
There are no words to describe the grief
Of losing a dog who filled your heart
The sun rises on another day.
And a hole in my heart cannot be filled.
Going about the rhythms of the day,
And then comes the rush of memories all over again.
The pain does not stop, only my breath.
How I would give anything to have him back.
And not under the ground so deep.
His lifeless body lies still.
When just... Read More >

12/15/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 22 times.


Tuffy Sam: A Pet Loss Story

The following pet loss story was sent to DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Nav Sam. Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here.

Imagine the ocean. The big blue bizarre ocean. You are seated on the golden beach facing the far horizon. Do you feel the wind blowing through your hair? The weather is picture perfect. You are experiencing profound mirth. Relaxed. Life cannot be better than that! Abruptly, you open your eyes and witness how the clear blue sky turns into all sorts of grays. Simultaneously the seemingly innocent waves begin to clash. There is... Read More >

11/19/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 59 times.


2014 8th Annual Service of Remembrance

I hope you can join me on December4th for our 8th annual Service of Remembrance and candle lighting ceremony, hosted by the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program in partnership with Dignified Pet Services.

Please join us in celebration of the invisible yet undeniable bond between humans and our beloved companion animals who are no longer here. Together, surrounded by others who understand this bond, we will light candles in memory of those who are no longer here.

Event Details:

The Old Church - 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland                                          ... Read More >

11/18/14 | 7 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 991 times.