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About GAPs (Grief About Pets)  and 

Brenda Brown, Owner, Grief Specialist

GAPs (Grief About Pets, LLC) was launched in 2015 by Grief Specialist, Brenda Brown. MA, FT.   Brenda saw a huge gap in services being offered to support hurting pet parents and their families either before or after their pet dies. To help meet this need, Brenda started offering:  individual support sessions,  pet loss groups, and educational programs. 

Brenda has a Master's degree in thanatology and grief counseling, plus a fellowship from an international organization called ADEC (Association for Death Education and Counseling).

Brenda is passionate about helping people grieving. She even created a children's human loss game called Doggone Grief.  Check it out on the web

GAPs welcomes Chanda Joy, Grief Coach

Chanda first came to GAPs as a grieving pet loss parent. She had three of her furbabies die in one year. Even though Chanda is a trained grief coach by

Compassion Understood, she needed extra support from GAPs. Now Chanda is a co-facilitator with Brenda Brown at the pet loss support groups and individual sessions. During the day, Chanda also works at Center West Animal Hospital as a Front Desk Supervisor. Chanda's most important job is being a dedicated mom to her children Norman, Pancake, Thurston, Eunice, and Lucy Lu.  The picture on the right, shows Chanda enjoying the Browns game with Norman and Pancake. 


Below are pictures of Brenda's pet family. She looks forward to seeing pictures and hearing stories about your furbabies too.

Meet Smokie

Our house was full of many cats and kittens while I was growing up. Smokie was my first cat to care for as an adult. She was so much fun!

Meet Elle.

I adopted Elle at six years old from a breeder who was seeking a home for her. Elle lived to be 13 years old. During those seven years, she blessed my life and many others.

She became a Pet Partner therapy dog who visited lots of sick kids at Akron Children's Hospital. She will always be my angel dog!

Meet Bosco

Bosco was a remarkable pet therapy dog who volunteered at Akron Children's Hospital, a local adult hospital and finally a nursing home.

During the last year of his life, Bosco had many physical challenges and had to use a cart.  Although Bosco never let anything keep him down from bringing happiness to others!