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Pet Loss Counselors & Specialists are individuals who may or may not have a doctorate but all of whom have undergone extensive training to help you along in your journey of healing.

These skilled professionals have dedicated their lives to understanding and assisting those for whom the loss of a pet is too great to overcome. These individuals are aware of the depth of the grief you may be feeling and are prepared to assist you in every way.

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Alicia Harris

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Ontario

Allison White, ACSW, LCSW, CCDP-D, CHC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Amanda Travis

They Mattered Pet Loss Support

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Lynn Bednarz, LCPC, CADC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Kara Burrow, BA — Honours, P.G.C.E.

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Beth Gustin, MA, NCC, LPC, EMDR Certified

Transitioning Through Change, PLLC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

PO Box 350034

Colorado, 80035

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Brenda Brown, MA, FT

Grief About Pets

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

1303 W. Maple St. NW, Suite 103-Family Care Counseling office

Canton

Ohio, 44720

Grief hurts! Whether a beloved pet or human had died, grief is devasting. After working for many years in the human loss grief field, Brenda Brown decided to start offering grief support to pet parents grieving the loss of their furbaby.

In 2015, Grief About Pets (GAPs) was started. Grieving pet parents can get help by calling 330-415-8879 or emailing brenda@griefaboutpets.com. One-on-one sessions are offered at $50 per hour on the phone or online. Group sessions are held twice a month on the second and fourth Wed. of every month at 6:30 p.m. on Google Meets. Group sessions are free thanks to our sponsor Regency of NE Ohio.

Thanks to APLB and GAPs, no one grieving the loss of their precious furbaby is alone!

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Cathleen Baker, RN, AMMA Therapist, Certified Life Coach, Pet Loss Counselor - APLB

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Dr. Chris Norman, RN,BA,BEd,MEd,PsyD.

PAWS 4 GRIEF

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Florida, 33401

Office Phone: (310) 895-3922

I am a Pet Grief Life Coach. If you have had a loving pet pass away and are having a hard time coping with this loss, I am more than willing to help you the tools as to how to deal with your grief. I offer both group and individual sessions.

I can offer virtual sessions via Zoom etc.

I know how you are feeling as I have been through the loss of a pet and am very empathetic and sympathetic.

I have references of pet owners who I have worked with and are very pleased with the progress we have made together.

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Charles Morey, MS, MDiv, LPC, NCC, CASAC, CCGC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Claire Chew, MA, Grief Recovery Specialist

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Rachel Wright, MSW, LSWAIC, CDP

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Craig Wilt, MA, MEd, CT, CBT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Warrenton / Culpeper

Virginia

Office Phone: (540) 718-5323

As a tribute to all of the pets that I have loved and continue to love, my pet loss support services are provided at no charge.

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David C. Brillhart, Psy.D.

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Victoria Velinski, MA, BFA

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Deborah A. Massey, LSCW, CAS

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Jennifer Blough, MA, LLPC

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Diane Newman, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

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Donna Lobiondo, M.Div., Ph.D.

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Mimi Handlin, MSW, Certified Life Coach, Certified Pet Loss Counselor

Healing Pet Grief

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Washington, 98115

I know how heartbreaking it is to lose or anticipate losing a cherished pet who has been a family member, best friend, and more. Whether the death was expected or sudden, we are rarely ready for it. You may feel devastated and knocked down by the weight of your grief. You may even feel embarrassed or like there is something wrong with you for feeling so much pain. As a certified pet loss counselor and from my own personal experiences with losing beloved animals, I know there is nothing wrong with you. Grief is a normal reaction to losing a loved one and the depth of your grief is a result of the depth of your love.

I offer:

Acknowledgment of the bond you had with your beloved animal and the heart breaking pain of loss.

Empathy, understanding, and tools for coping with whatever thoughts and feelings you are ready to share, regardless of how confusing or difficult they may be.

Support for taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Grief can make us hurt in every way. It is especially important now to treat yourself with loving kindness and compassion.

Non-judgmental and caring listening for anything else you want to talk about. My goal is to provide a safe and understanding space where you can share whatever comes up for you as you grieve and remember.

Support is offered by phone nationwide – day, evenings, and weekends. Please visit my website: www.healingpetgrief.com

Harriet J. Kalet, LCSW-R, DAPA

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Lindsay Benson, MS, LPC

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Colleen Rolland, BA, MA, PGRS-C, PLGS-APLB

Pet Bereavement Services

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

141 Valley Road

Ontario, L9H 5E2

Together with the support of your Veterinarian, Pet Bereavement Services will help you travel through each phase of grief, be there to listen, and help you arrive at a place of acceptance and resolution. In cases of deep psychological grief Pet Bereavement Services maintains a list of professionals to whom referrals can be made for additional assistance. These specialists include Psychotherapists who are familiar with the complexities of Pet Loss Bereavement.

Education: Colleen Rolland, in addition to an Honours Bachelor’s Degree, and a Master’s Degree, has been certified as a Pet Loss Grief Recovery Specialist through the American Association of Health Care Professionals in 2014, and trained as a Pet Bereavement Counsellor with the renowned Dr. Wallace Sife in 2014, a private practice Psychologist and founder of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB).

Colleen is the current President of the APLB (2020 – 2024) and is a Training Specialist/Instructor for the Pet Loss Grief Specialist training offered through the APLB.  She co-wrote the new curriculum in 2021 with Dr. Michelle Crossley, PhD, and Ms. Marina Resa; Dr. Crossley is the APLB Vice-President, Training Specialist/Instructor, Board Member and Associate Newsletter Editor, and Ms. Marina Resa is Newsletter Editor,  Training Specialist/Instructor, and Board Member.

Sinead Lancaster, LCSW

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Jennifer Breslow, LCAT, ATR-BC

Art Therapy & Psychotherapy in NYC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

244 Fifth Avenue, #L252

New York, 10001

As an animal lover, I recognize the deep bond that is possible between humans and animals, and have experienced the heartache and despair when this bond is broken by a pet’s death. The sadness and overwhelming emptiness that is experienced can be difficult to face alone, especially in a society that is often quick to dismiss the significance of the relationship – it’s never “just a pet.” If you are struggling to move through your loss, let me help you work through your grief.

I am a licensed psychotherapist (LCAT), art therapist and animal lover in private practice in New York City. I have been trained in pet loss and bereavement counseling by the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement, and have extensive experience helping people cope through the loss of a pet.

Additionally, as a mental health practitioner, I am trained to help process and explore any related issues or unresolved losses that the loss of a pet might activate.

I currently offer individual pet loss counseling sessions via a HIPAA compliant video platform.

Judith Liu, LCSW

Eclectic Balance

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Connecticut, 06907

My background includes professional as well as personal experience with grief related pet loss, and I share this to say that you are not alone in your journey.  I’m a clinical social worker with over 10 years’ experience in the field, with an emphasis in behavioral health, compassion fatigue, animal assisted psychotherapy, and humane education. I took a break from the field. However, after a heartbreaking loss of a much-loved pet, whom I rescued, I was completely devastated. During my time of grief, I had trouble finding the much-needed support I needed to work through my grief. As a result, I decided to return to the field and dedicate my professional career to helping others gain the needed support, validation, and normalization during their time of grief and loss of their pet. I have worked in both direct practice and psychiatric care. It would be my pleasure to assist you to navigate through frustrations and uncertainties by addressing the challenge, providing necessary education, and helping you to implement beneficial and healthy coping tools so that you can become empowered, confident, and ultimately trust that your best days are right in front of you. It would be an honor to walk alongside you during your journey, as we explore together which steps to take next.

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Jennifer Dutrow, MSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Julie Tenenberg, MA, MFT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Janice Shapiro, LMFT, CAAP

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

California, 95124

Of the many types of relationships that I specialize in as a licensed marriage and family therapist, the one dearest to my heart is the relationship between dog and man. There exists a special bond that many people in their lives are lucky enough to experience. Along with this special attachment comes immense responsibilities. Out of these responsibilities comes pure joy but also wrenching heartache. Pets rely on us for their care; we rely on them for their loyalty, unconditional love, companionship and amazing ability to understand our emotions. When one or both can no longer hold up their end, intense sorrow, guilt and loss is experienced like none other. I will help support you through these hard times. Good people should not have to suffer from being Dog’s/Cat’s Best Friend.

I currently see clients on-line from anywhere in California.

LMFT CA license #86051

Joan E. Pedersen, ThM, MA, LCSW-C

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kalindi kapadia, LPC, CADC III

Kalindi Kapadia LPC, CADC III

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

810 ne 77th avenue

Portland

Oregon, 97213

Home Phone: (908) 463-6376

Office Phone: (908) 463-6376

Karen Litzinger, MA, LPC

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Kathy Sherry, M.S., Certified Pet Loss Counselor / Grief Coach

Pet Loss Pathways, LLC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

P. O. Box 2522

South Portland

Maine, 04107

The loss of a beloved pet family member can hit us surprisingly hard, leaving a huge void in our lives.  Their unconditional love for us, constant presence and companionship are suddently missing, and we struggle with adjusting to the changes, after all the care we have given them day after day. 

Kathy was trained and certified as a pet loss counselor by the Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement in 2013.  As part of her graduate program in Counseling, she completed extensive training in grief support and death education at Center for Grieving Children, and Hospice of Southern Maine. While hearing from many folks that they could not find support for pet loss, and after the death of her beloved MagicDog, Kathy decided to create space for this at Pet Loss Pathways.

Kathy has worked with hundreds of individuals and families grieving the death of their animals (cats, dogs, birds, horses, rabbits, and more).  While she currently provides pet loss support services to veterinarian practices throughout Maine, as a pet loss grief coach, Kathy can work with folks in other states as well. 

Kathy is passionate about creating a judgement free, safe place for sharing.  It is common to question whether our choices were right, and go over and over things in our minds and hearts.  Grieving is a natural process, but it is not a straight line, and studies show it is healtier to have support along the way; to express feelings and thoughts, and have coping outlets can lead to healing and reslience. Connecting with others who have been through pet loss can make us feel less alone.  Kathy helps connect you with resources that might be helpful along the path.

I would be honored to be there with you in your grief, and bear witness to your story, and even hear about fun or poignant memories.  It is said “the measure of our grief is equal to the measure of the love we have for the one we lost”.   It is not weak to mourn one who has been such a part of our lives.  Kathy works with you to find meaning in their lives, and find creative ways to memorlize them.   We can check in about how fellow pets might be reacting to the loss, and our reactions to things people say when they give advice.  How do we adjust to this “new normal”?

For more information, please see my website, or reach out with any questions by email, text or phone.  Most folks find 2 or 3 sessions helpful; some will then do a support group. I look foward to hearing from you.

Rev Kaleel Sakakeeny, Animal Chaplain, Credentialed Pet Loss and Grief Counselor, Pastor

Animal Talks Inc

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

168 Beech St

Boston

Massachusetts, 02131

People Magazine, the New York Times, London Podcasts, The Washington Post, Catster/Dogster Magazines,  and others have recognized Animal Talks (a nonprofit, tax exempt animal charity) as a leader in the relatively new field of Pet Loss and Grief Counseling. We have been blessed with the trust and belief placed in us by the many heartbroken people who come to us from across the country and abroad, for help in walking the lonely, painful journey of grief after losing their beloved animal companion to death.

Please reach out to me if you need help. You can see our robust and helpful Social Media postings on all Social Media platforms at @animaltalksinc And on our site, read what people have been kind enough to say about us. I also think animaltalksinc.com can be a comforting place to listen to audio, see videos, read some inspiring poetry-and generally get to know us.

You’re not alone, although it deeply feels that way.

Blessing Always,

Kaleel

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Kathi Zellers, PhD, MFT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Linda Harper, Ph.D. clinical psychologist over 35 years

Consultants in Applied Psychology

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

11900 Southwest Highway

Suite 201

Illinois, 60464

Home Phone: (708) 227-5330

Office Phone: (708) 227-5330

Office Fax: (708) 448-0769

As a compassionate heart specialist, I offer individual Healing Heart Workshop I and Advanced Healing Heart Workshop II. In the first workshop, discover and practice a proactive tool, Honor Feelings, Reframe Story to open your heart to the healing power of the flow of compassion. In the second workshop, go beyond simply getting to the other side of grief and find the gifts of the healing process. Both interactive workshops are each 2 hours long, and available through Zoom or in-person in Palos Park, Il. Follow-up sessions are also available. www.drlindaharper.com

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Lori Ashbaugh, MSW Ch.t Medical Hypnotherapist

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Marina Resa, MA LMFT #106655

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Greater Los Angeles Area

Greater San Francisco Bay Area

California, 90230

My mission as a psychotherapist (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist) is to create normalcy around the intensity of pet grief. This includes: anticipatory death, loss through divorce, runaway pets, unexpected attachment to animals raised for meat consumption, trauma, euthanasia, and anything and everything in-between pertaining to your loss. 

 
I am trained in EMDR & will often intertwine this modality with traditional talk therapy to assist you in your healing.  I volunteer with the APLB & am an instructor for the Pet Loss Grief Specialist course. I also serve as a resource & consultant for media outlets. Psychotherapy/Counseling services are available for clients anywhere in California via telehealth. 
 
It is truly an honor to support you. Your relationship was real. Your grief is valid. 

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Michele Burgner, MSSW, LCSW

Michele E. Burgner, MSSW, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

2200 21st Avenue South, Suite 229

Nashville

Tennessee, 37212

Home Phone: (615) 218-0564

Office Phone: (615) 969-3664

Office Fax: (615) 298-3011

My primary practice of psychotherapy is focused on work with adults, providing support for a range of concerns from stressors and adjustments to change in daily life, to clinical levels of distress related to anxiety, depression and complex trauma.  I hold very high regard for the significant bond that exists between people and our pet companions (dog, cat, horse, bird, pig … and the list goes happily on).  I understand the depth and complexity of emotions that can occur when people experience the anticipated or unexpected loss of a pet companion.  I appreciate the opportunity to offer support and guidance during such a difficult time.

Meg Lands, MSW, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Marsha Michaels, M.A. LPCC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Melissa Lopez, MSW, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Martin Santos, B.S., PWS (Peer Wellness Specialist) Mental Health/Trauma

Genuine Recovery Honored Cat Angels Feline Bereavement Services

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

2324 NW Schmidt Way #43

Oregon, 97006

My name is Martin, B.S., PWS, an Intuitive Support Writer and Traditional Health Worker in the State of Oregon. A Certified Peer Wellness Specialist in Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care, my expertise is Inward Communication Education.

I help individuals with issues in transition from trauma, grief and feline bereavement accept the loss to reframe the experience through writing and support. I do not diagnose, only guide you through the expereience for SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL healing for regaining clarity in the chaos.

I specialize in domestic felines and been privleged in loving, caring and transitioning twelve cats. From personal experience, I can honestly share with high emotional intelligence and humility what has worked in gracefully healing soberly. Let’s connect and with your permission, allow me to professsionally, empathically, help in understanding how to safely cope, grieve and grow together from this transition.

Nancy Blair, MES, M.Ed, CCC, RCT

Nancy Blair Counselling

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Nova Scotia

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Nancy Curotto, Psy.D- Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Pet Loss Psychotherapy

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

655 W Irving Park Rd

Suite 201

Illinois, 60613

Dr. Nancy Curotto has been in private practice for over 20 years and assisting individuals and families coping with anticipated loss, death, and mourning.  Her treatment style is interactive and specially tailored to each client. Dr. Curotto brings to the clinical setting, specifically pet loss or anticipated loss, a focused treatment, years of mindfulness study/practice, and is EMDR certified  ( i.e., Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization). She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a certification in pet loss and bereavement in 2009 from APLB.org.  For more information about her practice please visit www.curottopsyd.com or www.petlosspsychotherapy.com 

Natalie Evans, MSW, ASW #90001

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

California, 95403

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Amie B. Mizzi, MSEd, LMHC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Deborah Antinori, MA, RDT, NCC, NBCCH

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Agneta Persson Hauser, LCAT, MA. ATR-BC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Robyn Zeiger, Ph.D.

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Steve Potje, H.B.S W, and A.P.L.B counseling certificate.

Potje Pet Loss Services

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Mill Street

Kitchener

Ontario, N2M 3P9

Home Phone: (519) 240-7387

Office Phone: (519) 240-7387

Short-term counseling to address the loss or impending loss of a beloved pet. In-house appointments available in Waterloo Region. Online appointments available for any region

Pamela Spear, MS, OTR/L, GC-C

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Helen Goldberg, PGRS-C

Helen Goldberg, Pet Loss Counselling

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Ontario

I assist grieving pet-parents with finding a place of acceptance and resolve. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve – as individual as our DNA, so to is the journey through grief. Some people are able to navigate through their grief journey without the assistance of a professional however, there are others who find their struggle with grief a more arduous process and recognize they need the support of a professional. My training and expertise allows me to provide the necessary tools and techniques that enable my clients to move forward towards recovery.

Rachel Shirley, Certified Professional Coach. Certified Pet Loss and Grief Companion. Certified John Maxwell Coach, Teacher, and Speaker.

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Florida, 34997

As a certified professional coach and pet loss grief companion, it’s an honor to walk alongside the end-of-life journey with you as you mourn your beloved best friend. My heart unites with yours. 


I believe God created us in His image and that our pets reflect us with their own unique and unforgettable personalities. 


When our pet is sick or suddenly sent to heaven, it’s our personal choice of how our grieving process takes shape and what it looks like. 


I believe your pain, grief, disbelief, frustration, anger, and sadness are real and essential in your healing.


It’s been my experience you don’t ever “get over” the death of your fur-baby, but you do “get through it” when provided a safe place to talk about it.


Throughout the years, I’ve concluded it’s never too early or late to draw upon the riches of memories our beloved fur-babies have provided as we celebrate their lives in our unique way.

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Rebecca Zisch, MA, VT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Russell Hollier, LCSW, CASAC, KPA-CTP

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Christine McNiff, LMHC, NCC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

William Solz, LCSW, CASAC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Janet Zimmerman, LCSW-R

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LCMHC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

North Carolina

The loss of a beloved animal is deep and the grief is real. Your heart is broken and you may feel sad, angry, and perhaps a little disoriented. As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I’ve had the honor of creating space for those who are grieving. I’ve also developed and facilitated pet loss support groups for animal shelters and veterinary hospital staff as well as co-facilitated workshops on compassion fatigue for those in the animal care fields. My published articles have been featured in various magazines and my intention for writing my debut novel, Buried Deep in Our Hearts, was to help people realize they are not alone as they heal from the loss of their beloved animal. I, too, am a lifelong animal lover and have lost special “Heart” animals and am here to support you as you heal from the loss of yours. Please reach out as I am available for Zoom sessions to honor you and their memory. 

 

 

Victoria Buskirk Macia, LCSW-R

Counseling Center for Inner Growth

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

2038 New Hackensack Road

Poughkeepsie

New York, 12603

Home Phone: (845) 505-5963

Office Phone: (845) 462-0439

I have over twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist with emphasis on trauma work and complicated bereavement. I, too, have experienced the profound heartbreak of losing a beloved pet, and, as such, wish to help those who are hurting.

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