Pet Loss & Grief Support

What we once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us ~ Helen Keller

The loss of a pet is often a difficult experience and the loss can be profound. The support of friends and family can help however, they may not be able to fully appreciate what you are going through. If you need to speak to someone who understands your grief, please reach out to a hotline or groups such as those listed below.

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
Washington State University Pet Loss Resources
Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University Pet Loss Support Group
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Group

A Meaningful Good-Bye

There are many options available when making final arrangements for your pet and your veterinarian can help you with specific arrangements. Cremation or burial are common choices and most states/provinces have pet cemeteries. Burial at home may also be an option depending on where you live but it is important to determine what regulations are in your community before making arrangements. Other ways to memorialize your pet include planting a tree in their memory, making a donation in their name or creating a photobook or memory box.

For further information about pet loss please visit the links below.

How to explain the loss of a pet to children
How to cope with the loss of a pet – suggestions from the AMVA
7 ways to help cope with the loss of a pet 
10 common questions about grieving the loss of a pet
Coping with the loss of a pet
The Pet Loss Support Page provides suggestions and additional pet loss resources

Robyn Arouty shared a beautiful story of his dog’s last day and Megan Kendall described her experience of pet loss in this article.