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.

Thank you for providing such a caring place to bring Emma after she passed. We are grateful for everything you have done for us. We have brought all of our cats to you—Bayli/BB, Bailey, Ted and Emma. It is such a hard time losing a pet and you have been there for us for all of them. Thank you for helping us through this difficult process.

- Lori Wisnicky

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