PET LOSSOn this page, you will find bereavement tools, books, and other resources to help with the pain and grief following the loss of a beloved pet
We understand that grieving pet owners experience both physical and emotional trauma as they adapt to the upheaval in their lives brought about by the loss of a pet. Children can be especially upset over the death of their pet. The following is a list of bereavement resources to help you and your family cope during this distressful time:
Pet Loss Hotlines
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: 1-866-266-8635 or 1-509-335-5704
Tufts University Pet Loss Support: (508) 839-7966
Treasure Valley Pet Loss Counselor
Christine Drouillard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
910 Main St., Ste 231, Boise, ID 83702
Pet Loss Support Page
List of hotlines, groups, and counselors by state.
Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement
This site offers chat rooms, links, pet memorial pages, a grief hotline number, pet grief counselors, and support group information for both the United States and Ontario. In addition, information for equine loss and resources for children are offered.
Provides specialized and customized urns, paw prints, and plaques. Also offers a list of pet loss books, links that include lost and missing pets, online pet memorials, information on pet portraits, pet loss counselors, animal rescues and shelters, helpful articles on grief, custom designed sympathy cards, and pet owner support groups.
A wonderful resource for pet grief support that includes poems, stories, and tips on how to prepare for pet loss. Memorial merchandise is also available.
Lightning Strike Pet-Loss Support
The site’s name originates from the hope that this page will provide lightning-fast help for pet owners grieving from loss. The site features blogs and book listings from others who have experienced pet loss.
Best Friend Services
This site offers pet memorial products, including custom urns, keepsake pendants, and sympathy gifts.
Adirondack Stone Works
This site offers high-quality custom stone engraving for pet memorials, which can be shipped directly to your home.
Dr. Desiree FitzGerald, Emergency Veterinarian, completed advanced training in pet loss support working with a grief counselor. She worked as a pet loss counselor for several years and offered some thoughts on pet loss and grief in two blogs:
Pet Loss Books
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski
Pet Loss is Heaven’s Gain by Miki Behrikis Shanahan
by Lorri A. Greene and Jacquelyn Landis