PET LOSS & GRIEF
Our pets become a part of our family. So when they pass away it affects our lives. We have compiled resources we have found on the internet to share. We do not endorse any of these, but wanted to have a spot for people of all walks of life to find resources to help them grieve and cope with the loss of their pet and also to prepare themselves when that loss is near.
This site is pretty old and has a song playing in the background like many old websites did back in the 1990s. So either have your sound down or off when you arrive to the site. The player is easy to find to shut off at the top left of the page. This site has weekly candle lighting ceremonies for pets who have passed and also includes many lists of resources for pet parents. You can find the many resources they have listed under the tabs near the top of the page.
The Pet Loss Support Page http://www.pet-loss.net/
This sit has a lot of resources on it. There are links at the top that include important resources for those who have lost pets as well as those whose pets are in their last phase of life. An important part of this page is the upper left where you can find lists of support groups, counselors, and pet cemeteries in your area.
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)
This organization has resources on their site for pet parents as well as those who work with families who have lost or will be losing their pet. We have included some of the links specific to pet parents here so that you do not need to search their site.
Chat Rooms (pet loss and anticipatory bereavement) - https://www.aplb.org/chat-2/
Pet cemeteries & crematories list - https://www.aplb.org/support/pet-cemeteries-and-crematories/
Children and Pet Loss https://www.aplb.org/support/children-and-pet-loss/
Pet Bereavement Counselors - https://www.aplb.org/support/counselor/
Pet Loss Support Groups - https://www.aplb.org/support/pet-loss-support-groups/
Holding a memorial service for your pet http://www.everlifememorials.com/v/pet-loss/pet-memorial-service.htm
Printed and Audiovisual Materials list suggested by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine - https://www.vet.cornell.edu/about-us/outreach/pet-loss-support-hotline/resources-grieving/printed-and-audiovisual-materials
Grief Beyond Belief Pet Sector Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/GBBPets/
For those who may not be religious who need a space to process their grief this group might be of support.
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support information
This page includes questions that pet parents might have if their pet is coming to the end of their life. There are also resources for those who have lost a pet.
Pet Loss Support Hotlines
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline is available Monday through Thursday, and Saturday, 6pm - 9pm Eastern Time. The number is 607-253-3932. https://www.vet.cornell.edu/about-us/outreach/pet-loss-support-hotline
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Hotline is available Monday through Thursday 7pm-9pm and Saturday, 1pm-3pm Pacific Time. The numbers are 1-866-266-8635 or 509-335-5704. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/outreach/pet-loss-hotline
We also recommend calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if thoughts and emotions from the lost of your pet have become too much to bear. That number is 1-800-273-8255. Chat with them online here:
You can also contact the Crisis Text Line in the United States by texting CONNECT to 741741.