Meet our Grief counselor

Shaun O'Keefe

Memorial Pet Services was delighted to add Shaun to our team back in June 2012 as the grief counselor and facilitator of our monthly Pet Loss Support Groups. Moving forward, she will also be providing significant support to our new Pet Loss Resource Center.

Shaun is a professor for Lakeland’s Graduate Program in Counseling and has her own private practice. She has worked for Lakeland College for since 1997. Shaun has also worked at or had key roles with Meriter Hospital, Hospice Care, St Norbert College, The University of Wisconsin, Edgewood Continuing Education and many consulting opportunities with businesses here in and out of town. Her work with individuals and families in grief began as a volunteer in college and has continued for the past 20 years.

Shaun is personally familiar with the deep pain associated with loss, including that of a beloved pet. “Pets are a daily presence in our lives. Their absence leaves a gap that is wide and more noticeable. Our pets give affection and an unconditioned love. There is a freedom in loving them. The loss can be felt most profoundly.”

Shaun is continually educating herself on the grief process looking for additional ways to help those in need by attending workshops and reviewing materials. She lives in Madison with her family which includes two sweet dogs.

Just wanted to say "Thank You" to all of you at Memorial Pet Service. Operating a cat/kitten rescue isn't easy and sometimes cancer takes a beloved pet before its time. Knowing that there are people like Mark, Jone, Angela, Amanda, Dick
& Nell you do such an amazing job makes their passing over the Rainbow Bridge so much better. Their personal touch and class is beyond what any owner could ask for. Bless your hearts for doing what you do....All of you are AMAZING...",

- Karen Barger-Fisher Valley Felines

Wow. After an emotionally exhausting process of euthanizing our 14 year old furbaby last Friday I will never be able to express how gracious and comforting the folks (Susan and Sarah Lynn, I believe her name was, sorry, I was emotional on the phone and think I heard that right) at Memorial Pet Services have been. They have made the process of losing our pet exponentially easier as we know he is in good hands and that they truly care about him and us. I am 100% confident that we will be getting Fuzz's actual pawprints and that his body will be respected and taken care of. They handled every interaction I had with such empathy, grace, and understanding I felt like I was dealing with a service for humans. They really understand that pets are a part of our family and that we are grieving him deeply! Thank you all so much

- Angie Badura