What are Joy Sessions?
Spending time now–in this moment–to love, celebrate,
and create lasting memories with your best friend.
To provide inspiration, resources, compassion, and JOY on your pet loss journey.
We believe that pets are family, and whether they've been with you a short time or a lifetime, saying goodbye is one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do. It's scary, and confusing, and it totally sucks.
Our carefully selected resources can help you make preparations, lasting memories, and the tough decisions. Find services near you in our growing business network, and share your experiences with others.
Let's navigate this journey together.
Every step of the way, we're here to help you feel:
Resources, expert advice, and a network of caring professionals to help you make informed pet care decisions.
Celebrate the JOY pets bring to your life, by being fully present and mindful with the time you have left.
Connect with others who have experienced pet loss, and learn how to cope with losing your best friend.
Explore our resources
Learn about end-of-life care, and discover ideas to celebrate your best friend.
We're sad to report that we have a Boxer-shaped hole in our hearts. We let her go yesterday afternoon at home. It was peaceful, and she was surrounded by love. We’re so thankful we had the extra time to work on her “bucket list!” Read more~ Jen + Jason
Just writing to let you know that we had to say goodbye to Itch this weekend. It was very sudden and happened very quickly. Thank you so very much for the work you did for us. It has helped us heal in a way I never imagined. Read more~ Marcy
Oh Sarah, the photos are simply remarkable. I can't tell you how much they mean to me now, and how many thousands of times I'll look at them in the future, and be taken right back to that sweet face. Read more~ Rebecca
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About Sarah Beth
Minneapolis-based pet photographer, Sarah Beth Ernhart, created Joy Sessions® in 2010, after a particularly moving photo shoot with a service dog named Joy. Joy Sessions® – special photo shoots for terminally ill and elderly pets – are the heart and soul of her business. She’s been honored to provide this resource to hundreds of owners facing the impending loss of a beloved pet, and isn't planning on stopping any time soon. This website is her "pet project," connecting owners with helpful resources, a directory of services, and each other, to provide support on their pet loss journeys. Read more
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