you for accessing this web-site. It
was set up to advertise the services available from the Mansfield
Woodhouse based Pet Bereavement Support Group.
the Pet Bereavement Support Group;
group was founded on 5th May 1993 by Yvette Price-Mear who recognised the
need for such a service whilst working as Branch Co-ordinator for
Mansfield/Ashfield & District CRUSE (Bereavement Care). This free,
confidential service offers telephone befriending, advice and support by
letter to bereaved pet-owners nation wide. We also offer a visiting service to clients in
Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire. We
assure our clients that it is perfectly normal to grieve for their pets
and give them the time and space in which to do so.
are delighted to inform you that the service is being used exactly as it
posters are displayed in the local community and people are referred by
Veterinary Surgeons, Clergy, Health Care Professionals, and their families
or by self-referral. The work of our group is advertised nationally
through the Citizens Advice Bureau, R.S.P.C.A. and the National
Association of Community Volunteer Organisations.
We are supported by our local council Dog Warden and the Police -
who will give people our details if their pets are killed, lost or stolen.
have helped over 4,000 clients over the past 10 years and the work that we
do has many dimensions. The basis of our work is one to one befriending
and on-going support. We have
information available on such subjects as pet crematoria, a useful reading
list, taxidermy and spiritual healing for pets.
We also find the answers to legal queries on behalf of our clients.
we hadn’t intended doing it, we also re-home animals!
We have a Pet’s ‘Book of Remembrance’ where clients send us
photographs and a message to / about their pet and it is opened every day
on a different page. Clients
can request to have it opened on a particular date i.e. a birthday or
anniversary of their pet’s death.
service is run from:
spend approximately 20 hours per week involved in providing the service
and fund raising. As the service is unique we have had enquiries from every
corner of the British Isles.
many people - especially elderly people who live alone - the loss of their
companion pet is truly devastating. As
our charity is not a glamorous one it is virtually impossible to attract
sponsorship. We are entirely unfunded so any donation, however small, is
always more than gratefully received!
group is providing a unique and very valuable service to people at a very
low point in their lives. If
you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact Mansfield
(01623) 653173 or Mobile Telephone number (07976) 890111.
Befriending & support to bereaved Pet Owners nation wide”
have an on-going appeal for
/ CUDDLY TOYS
help with our fund-raising.
you’ve got any that we can have, please telephone the above number for
collection – or alternatively leave them in the back porch at the above
address. Thank you very much
we can help you, or anyone you know please don’t hesitate to contact us.
celebrate our 10th anniversary - and having helped over 4,000
clients we are selling a book;
Mongoose wants Re-Varnishing”
here with ‘Mad-Dog Ralph)
Yvette (Founder of the group), who describes herself as a ‘Housewife
from Woodhus’, says; “I’ve put together some anecdotes and tales of
family life with these aims in mind;
– primarily as a fund raising venture to make money for the charity that
– something to leave my children after I’ve gone.
– to encourage other people to do the same.
After all, if I (with my 3 ‘O’ Levels) can do it, then anyone
be warned – to give you an idea of the world you are entering by buying
this book – I consider these to be extremely amusing jokes;
What do you call 12 nude men balancing on each other’s shoulders?
A scrotum pole! *
- * Is the Leaning Tower of Pisa a listed building? *
like the rest of my friends and family, you have just thrown your eyes
upward in utter dismay – I’d advise you to choose another tome.
Without haste. I hope
you enjoy it”
book costs £3.99 (or signed copies £4), which is very good value -
because each page only costs you 6.6p!
Kindly support us by buying a copy.
is available from the Mansfield Woodhouse Co-op - or by post from 45,
Peafield Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire. NG19 9DS.
send 4 x 1st class stamps for postage and make cheques payable
to ‘ The Pet Bereavement Support Group’.
The book will be posted to you – via recorded delivery.
are a few excerpts from the book - to give you an idea of its content:
working in the Out Patients Department at Kings Mill Hospital I was taking
a history from a rather quietly spoken patient who had a glass eye.
I introduced him to the Consultant as “Mr. S. who had lost his
eye as a child when he was attacked by a Pelican”.
“Sorry to interrupt, Nurse” said Mr. S. “But it was with a pellet
gun. We don’t get many
Pelicans in Warsop”
our daughter Rebecca was 4 years old she told us that she was going to be
a pincushion in Saville House School’s Concert.
I measured her up ready to buy some brightly coloured, fluffy
material, from Sally Twinkles’ which I was going to hem into a square
and leave her arms and head sticking out.
I’m glad I didn’t make it until I asked the Teacher what colour
to use? It turned out that
Rebecca wasn’t as she’d told me: “a pincushion” – but in the
Grandmothers wonderful things? And
isn’t it difficult to look them in the face when they say daft things?
I’ll always remember my Nana telling me about ‘in the olden
days’ when the Betterware Man used to bring samples in his van and
she’d; “ordered a roll of lino for her back passage”.
when she read in our local newspaper that some homosexual gentlemen had
been charged with gross indecency after being caught in some toilets near
the Major Oak. Trying to use
it as a lesson in tolerance for our fellow beings she proclaimed; “I’m
not bothered what they do, as long as they don’t ram it down my
were viewing a classic car and I remarked about the doors being very
rounded and narrow. The
Chauffeur said “Do you think you’ll get your big hat in there?”
Being deaf, as well as daft, I thought he’d said; “Do you think
you’ll get your big ass in there?”
I told him that because of his rudeness I’d go elsewhere and
left. Why do your ‘loved ones’ always wait until several hours later
to tell you what had actually been said?
the mouths of babes..
Rebecca was 3 years old we took her to see a house that we were buying.
Whilst I was measuring for curtains I overheard her tell the lady
of the house; “My Mum says that it’s a pig hole now – but we’re
going to make it nice”. Bless her, I could have crawled out of there with
driving I saw a man sweating and swearing profusely re-loading vegetables
that had fallen off his tractor-trailer.
I said to him: “Cheer up, I’ll help you to pick all your
turnips up – if you give me one for my dinner”.
We spent a companionable hour chatting and picking them all up.
As I said goodbye he said to me: “Don’t forget your turnip, I
hope that you enjoy it”. When
I got home and regaled my tale to my husband Tony he took great pleasure
in telling me that it was a sugar beet!
proceeds from the sale of this book are going to the Pet Bereavement
Support Group. If you would
like to make a donation the account is held at the National Westminster
Code) 60 – 14 – 03 (Account Number) 408 - 22 - 842.