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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).  While earning those credentials, Brenda created a national human loss game for children called Doggone Grief. 

(Check it out on the web.)

Recently to expand her veterinary knowledge,  Brenda completed the NAVI Human-Bond certificate program in 2021.  Research has proven that our pets

have health benefits. So how do we survive without them?

 Together with help from Brenda or Chanda, GAPs is ready to help. 

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. 

Recently, Chanda received her Pet Loss Bereavement Specialist Certificate from

Pet Loss Partners. She helps GAPs hurting pet parents with her exceptional compassion, knowledge, and experience in the pet loss field.

During the day, Chanda also works at Center West Animal Hospital as a Front Desk Supervisor. Chanda utilizes her compassion and training at the vet office before, during euthanasia, and afterward to support grieving pet parents. 

 She has recently earned a new credential Elite FFCP  (Fear Free Certified Professional). 

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. 

GAPs grief professionals have experienced the loss of their pets too.  Here are a few of our dearest pets who have crossed the rainbow bridge. 


Meet Brenda's fun, Smokie

Brenda grew up in a house full of cats and kittens running around. Smokie was her first cat to care for as an adult. Smokie was so much fun!

Meet Brenda's heart dog, Elle

Brenda 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, Elle became a Pet Partner therapy dog and she was a huge blessing for many children at Akron Children's Hospital. Most of all, she was a blessing for Brenda!

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Meet Brenda's remarkable, 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!

Meet Chanda's Zan, the man

When it comes to Sphinx, Zan was the man. I fell in love with Zan as well as the breed. His warm body paled in comparison to his warm heart.

Meet Chanda's Incredible, Ap​ollo

Meet Apollo (and my baby sister) on our family farm.

He was our protector and super smart. For 14 years he looked out for us and was so loving. 

Meet Chanda's favorite dancer,​ Rascal

Here is Rascal, but I always called him Machete. He was like no other Chihuahua that I have ever met. My voice would send him into joyous dancing and excitement. His kisses were heartfelt, and his small stature never stopped him from being a big dog.

Meet Chanda's sweetest sister pets- Taarna & Rhoda

Taarna was 135 pounds of pure gentleness. Rhoda was a mighty force at 14 pounds. Both girls were lost to untreatable medical conditions much too soon. They live on in my heart forever.

Meet Chanda's courageous, Miss Bitsy

Starting out as the runt in a litter of four, the chips were stacked against her. She beat the odds on many occasions in her life and in the end, she lived to be a very old lady. Strength and perseverance come in all shapes and sizes.

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