On 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. Children can be especially upset and confused over the death of their pet.
To help you and your family cope during this distressing time, we have provided the following list of bereavement resources:
Pet Loss Hotlines
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
1-866-266-8635 or (509) 335-5704
C.A.R.E. (Companion Animal Related Emotions)
UC Davis Pet Loss Support
Tufts University Pet Loss Support
Treasure Valley Pet Loss Counselor
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
910 Main St., Ste 231
Boise, ID 83702
Pet Loss Online Resources
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 available.
Lightning Strike Pet-Loss Support Page
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
Pet memorial products including custom urns, keepsake pendants, sympathy gifts, etc.
Adirondack Stone Works
High-quality custom stone engraving for Pet Memorials; this company will ship 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:
- A few thoughts on grieving after losing a beloved pet.
- Helping Children Grieve after the loss of a Pet.