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Grief Support

As pet owners and pet lovers alike, we know the tragedy of the death of a devoted and loving pet. Our pet loss team remains honored to share in the memorialization of your pet guiding your journey of grief and recovery.Whether in the begining and typically most painful stage of your grief, or in the hopefully, accepting stage, we each have found the following articles to be helpful during the difficult weeks and months following the loss of a beloved, faithful friend.


Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss (PDF) by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.

How Soon Should You Get a New Pet? (PDF) by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.

To read or print these PDF documents, you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader; if you do not have the Reader, you can download a free copy here.

Grief and Pet Loss by Margaret Muns, DVM

When Children Grieve by John W. James, Russell Friedman, Dr Leslie Matthews
When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing by Alan D. Wolfelt, PH. D. Wolfelt
Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost Pets by Gary Kurz
Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty J. Carmack
Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain (children's book)
Goodbye, My Friend: Celebrating the Memory of a Pet by Devon O'Day, Kim McLean
The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran, Dan Andreasen (Illustrator), Dan Andreasen (Illustrator) (children's book)
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement
Extensive resources and articles written by trained bereavement counseling volunteers.

The Argus Institute, Colorado State University
A reading list and links to resources for families and veterinarians.

College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois
Helpline and specific information on grieving, euthanasia, children and pet loss, as well as meaningful ways to memorialize your beloved animal friend. See also their page on Family Grief.

Chance's Spot, Pet Loss and Support Resources
Chance's Spot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals who have suffered the loss of a dearly loved pet.

Pet Loss Support Hotline, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine


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