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Bereavement services

At Lort Smith we believe in the importance of the human-animal bond and understand that, for many people, their 'fur kids' are part of the family.

Saying goodbye to an animal we love is often one of the hardest things we do in life.  On average, nine families do this every day at Lort Smith.

Our chaplain, Adele Mapperson, spends a large part of her day supporting people as they go through the process of letting go and saying goodbye.  

All of our clients who have lost a pet are invited to honor them in our memorial book (found in the reception area of the hospital) by writing a tribute, and/or leaving a photo. Each day, many people take the time to read and share in these treasured memories.

In recognition of the human-animal bond we also provide animal blessings, memorial services and bereavement support.

Animal blessings

The main reason for us to share our lives with companion animals is the joy that they bring to us.  Twice a year we hold an Animal Blessing at Lort Smith, asking a blessing upon the animals we love, and all the animals with whom we share the earth.  

If you are interested in attending the next blessing, please call Adele on 03 9321 7216 or send an email.

Memorial services

Twice a year we offer a Memorial Service for those grieving the loss of a companion animal, giving people the chance to remember and give thanks for the gift of companionship in their lives.

If you are interested in attending, please call Adele on 03 9321 7216 or send an email.

Companion animal loss and support group

When a loved pet dies it can leave you feeling completely heartbroken. The grief you are feeling is real and should not be written off as less important than any other grief.

Lort Smith, in partnership with The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, run a Companion Animal Loss and Support Group on the third Saturday of every month at Lort Smith. These sessions provide those grieving the loss of a pet the opportunity to share their stories, support each other and lessen their isolation.

For further information about the group, please contact the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement on 03 9265 2100.  

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