With over two decades experience supporting pet carers pre, during and post the death of their much loved pets, multi award winning Dawn Murray is one of the UK’s leading pet bereavement counsellors. Dawn has always, and continues to, provide her counselling services free of charge.
Amongst her qualifications Dawn has Diploma's in Pet Bereavement Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and worked for many years as a Pet Undertaker. She is a qualified CPD presenter.
Dawn is a tireless campaigner, highlighting pet bereavement and ambiguous loss and raising awareness of the help available to pet carers, she is also adamant that any help she provides will be free of charge. In recognition for her work Dawn was awarded a Points of Light Award in 2021 and in 2023 she was selected to be honoured with The British Citizen Award for Services to Healthcare after being nominated and recommended in recognition of her work.
Recognised as an expert in her field Dawn is described by the press as a 'Pet Bereavement Specialist'.
Dawns work as a pet undertaker was highlighted in a BBC documentary and she is regularly asked to participate in both local and national Radio and television programmes, and most recently she was invited onto the 'PM' show on BBC Radio 4 where she was asked to discuss pet bereavement after Prince William and Catherine lost their dog, Lupo.
Dawns unique style allows clients to feel at ease safe in the knowledge that she will support and guide them through their darkest days and clients are referred to her by Veterinary Schools and Doctors.
She has personally experienced the loss of over 25 of her own companion animals and fully understands the devastating impact a loss like this can have on your life. Dawn is also the founder of Ray of Hope and has raised thousands of pounds over the years to help animal charities.
Dawn has also provided pet bereavement training free of charge to charities here in the UK for many years including most recently the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, Canine Partners and Medical Detection Dogs.
Dawn lives in West Lothian with her husband Dave and their 2 gorgeous whippets Cammy & Georgie.
When a member of your family dies it is natural to grieve for them. Unfortunately, when the member of your family is a pet, there is little if any support, information or advice available.
Living with Pet Bereavement was launched in 2009 to give pet carers that much needed lifeline, offering advice, invaluable information and above all to support pre, during and post this very difficult time.
Dawn Murray's new book 'An Introduction to Pet Bereavement Counselling' is now available to buy on Amazon. This is a must have reference book for anyone who supports or counsels others through pet bereavement.