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Losing a beloved pet is one of the most difficult and emotionally painful experiences you may ever go through. Our pets are so much a part of our lives and families that their loss is acutely felt and their presence is deeply missed. There is no right or wrong way to mourn…the process is highly individual. Here are some resources that may help during this sad time.


The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement: A nonprofit organization of trained volunteers, dedicated to helping people during this very special kind of bereavement.

Pet Loss Grief Support Website: A website for pet lovers who are grieving over the death of a pet or an ill pet. Personal support, thoughtful advice, pet loss candle ceremony, tribute pages, healing poetry and more.

Pet Bereavement Resources
Very comprehensive list of organizations, websites, and hotlines related to pet loss.

ASPCA Pet Loss Information and Hot Line
General information, helping children with pet loss, hotline.

Chance’s Spot
Pet loss and support resources

Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support: A Pennsylvania-based organization that offers support groups (online and in person), telephone hotline, educational materials, individual counseling, and resource information for those dealing with a pet’s serious illness or loss.


The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping with the Grieving Process When a Pet Dies
Wallace Sife, Ph.D., Howell Book House, 2005

Saying Good-Bye to the Pet You Love: A Complete Resource to Help You Heal.
Lorri Greene and Jacquelyn Landis, New Harbinger Publications, 2002

Surviving the Heartbreak of Choosing Death for Your Pet.
Linda Peterson, Greentree Publishing, 1997

Goodbye, Friend.
Gary Kowalski, Stillpoint Publishing International, 1997