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Grief Counselling and Pet Loss Support

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Welcome to By My Side, one of Australia’s few specialised pet loss bereavement counselling services.


I’m Vicky Nonas, and I specialise in helping people heal from the crippling pain of pet loss.  

I guide people back to their hearts after losing their precious loved ones, helping them re-establish equilibrium and joy back into their day, despite the heartbreaking loss that has tinged their lives.

If you’re reading these words…

I know you or a loved one are grieving right now.

Coping with the loss of a pet is not an easy thing. Studies show that we feel the same love for pets as we feel for humans. With 61% of Australians owning animals in their families and an explosion of pet ownership over the Covid-19 pandemic, animals are indeed our best friends.

The love you share with your beloved pets can be like no other, so dealing with the loss of their companionship can be one of the most devastating times in life. I, too, have experienced the heartbreak of such loss. I aim to support and help you find peace, healing and resolution.

You will be met with empathy and support from a qualified counsellor dedicated to helping you tenderly through this time. 

Are you ready to start your healing journey with Vicky?

I understand the depth of your loss, because I’ve been there.

I’m Vicky, and I want you to know that I’m no stranger to pet loss. That’s why I’m here to support people just like you. I have experienced grief on multiple occasions when I’ve lost beloved pets and people –and have since made it my aim to support others during such tough times.

I provide counselling for all people and all types of loss.

Grief comes in all forms, and these experiences can bring about a searing sense of isolation and emptiness. By My Side is a recognised professional service in Australia designed to support people of all ages experiencing all types of loss, so that you can heal – and feel joy once more.

Download Now:

Free Guide to Help You Heal After Pet Loss

If you are struggling with losing a pet, please download my free, bite-size guide about pet loss. This guide will help you to feel supported and nurtured during this time of necessary grieving.


‘Pets come into our lives, leave a mark on our hearts, and we are forever changed’ – anon.

 Blue Heart

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Monday – Friday
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Online, telephone, and in-person support are available by appointment.

Please note By My Side is not a crisis counselling service. If you are in a crisis, please contact Lifeline at 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 24/7 on 1300 659 467.

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