Description of Practice Report: The Winding Valley of Grief: When a Dog Guide Retires or Dies
Two organizations that may be helpful to grieving dog guide owners are Service Dog Committee of Association for Pet Loss Bereavement, <www.aplb.org
>, and Empathizers Committee of Guide Dog Users International, <www.gdui.org
C. S. Lewis (1976, p. 5) described grief as a "winding valley"
--time passes, the grief changes, but it is not a straightforward working through of the stages. Lewis was describing his own grief at the death of his wife, but the analogy holds well for the grief experienced by dog guide users at the retirement or deaths of their dogs.