Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio
Nancy Saxton-Lopez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), psychotherapist, speaker, trainer, coach and management consultant. She has over 25 years of experience in the business arena working in hospital systems and as a behavioral health consultant. Nancy also has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for over 20 years, offering expertise in bereavement, adolescent issues, depression, anxiety, relationships, eating disorders and crisis intervention.
Nancy is a Senior Partner with Clinical Services Management, P.C. (CSM), a behavioral health consulting and management corporation serving healthcare, residential and governmental agencies. She manages Employee Assistance Programs in multiple hospital systems and business organizations. She was the former Program Manager of Acute Services of Behavioral Health for Morristown Memorial Hospital. She has developed crisis intervention services and programs for several leading hospitals in northern New Jersey. She helped develop a Short-Term Assessment and Treatment (STAT) model of extended crisis services that has been used as a model in psychiatric screening centers and emergency services. She also was instrumental in developing a trauma and bereavement response program in the Emergency Department at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Nancy is a graduate of New York University School of Social Work and has a Certificate in Family Therapy from the New Jersey Center for Family Studies. She holds a Diplomate in Social Work and is a member of The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
Nancy initiated the Companion Animal Loss Support Group at St. Hubert’s Giralda, a humane welfare and educational organization located in Madison, New Jersey, on April 3, 1990. She launched the group in memory of her dog, Tashi. Nancy lives with her husband, daughter, a passel of Pugs, and a paraplegic Frenchie in Ridgewood, NJ.
Advance Praise for
The Pet Loss Companion
“St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is proud to offer free pet loss support as part of its programmatic efforts, with Nancy Saxton-Lopez at the helm for over 20 years. Together Ken and Nancy continue to provide this valuable service at our center twice monthly and they’ve expanded their reach by sharing their professional training and direct pet loss counseling expertise with the completion of The Pet Loss Companion. Their compassion for both pets and the people who love them is palpable in this concise, easy-to-read guide which offers understanding, solace, and hope to anyone struggling with the loss of a cherished animal companion, no matter the circumstances. The loss of a companion animal is a unique, yet not unique, grieving process not always well understood by others. This book connects and thereby supports people at a time of what can be isolating grief, providing a life raft or light to navigate the process. It’s also a helpful tool—whether as a gift or for personal awareness—for those looking for some guidance in supporting family and friends coping with pet loss.”
– Heather Cammisa, President & CEO, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, Madison, New Jersey
“What a gift Ken and Nancy’s book is to those of us who have cherished and lost a pet companion. They get it, and as such, gently and skillfully help to ease the treacherous journey that loss is. This gem explores the terrain of loss and grief and the vast love that surrounds the experience. Readers will be warmed, saddened, and delighted by the examples and tools that are provided to ease the necessary grief process. The experience of reading this little book leaves me feeling much gratitude for my pet companions and these authors who so beautifully convey the huge role they play in our lives.”
– Lynn Parker, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver