Dr. Sandy Byland is offering an Animal Bereavement Workshop at the Kanab Public Library on Tuesday, July 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The workshop is for anyone seeking comfort and support through the loss of their beloved animal companions.

Dr. Byland holds a doctorate in Humane Religious Studies, is an Ordained Animal Chaplain and a credentialed Animal Bereavement Spiritual Counselor. She has provided pet loss support for thousands of individuals over the last 10 years. She has trained animal chaplains in almost every state in the country and three provinces in Canada.

Byland is the Director of the Animal Chaplain Training and Ordination program at a theological institute in California. She wrote the program over a decade ago. It was a landmark achievement as it was the first and only one of its kind in the world.

“I am a professional humane educator, but also what I call a ‘Kindness and Compassion Educator.’ Helping both animals and people through compassionate outreach in this way is both my calling and my unique area of expertise.”

As an Ordained Animal Chaplain, Dr. Sandy also provides attendance and support at euthanasia, follow-up pet loss support as well as memorial services, life celebrations and blessings. Her Animal Bereavement Workshop is offered nationally through a college program, as well as provided by her to the local community.

The workshop includes several gentle and comforting experiential exercises, lecture, questions and answers, as well as a CD of the workshop to take home.  Meet in the lobby of the Kanab Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on July 10. The address is 374 N. Main St., across from the Kane County Hospital. Please bring a pen and paper for taking notes. Early registration is appreciated, but not required. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited and we want to make sure there is room for everyone.

Call Dr. Sandy at 644-5739 for more information. This workshop is for anyone experiencing the loss of pets, is open to all and free of charge.