Coping with Grief

We want to support you in your time of grieving the loss of your pet. Grief can be very intense in the first few weeks or months, but it is a totally normal part of the human existence and of your healing process. We encourage you to make use of any of the free services listed below. There are also reading materials that we hope you can find useful. 

Pet Loss Hotlines

Animal Hospice Compassionate Crossing - a free, non-profit service provided over the phone, postal mail, or email by a trained and caring volunteer who is there to listen and support.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement - a free service of professionally trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling.

C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline - a confidential telephone service offered through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  People who are either grieving the loss of a companion animal or are anticipating a loss are encouraged to call

Pet Loss Reading Materials

Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss - reading materials that deal with coping with grief and with the difficult decisions one faces upon the loss of a pet.

Cornell University Pet Loss Resources - their webpage features resources for grieving, FAQs, stages of grieving, and facts about euthanasia.