FAQ & Resources
Grief Support and Other Resources
What resources are available for Grief Support?
The death of a pet can have a huge impact on one’s life. Pets are a part of our families and we have very special bonds with them. When a pet dies, it can be hard for others to understand our grief. This can cause our grief to become complicated and take much longer to work through. There are many feelings associated with the death of a pet and all of them are normal. You may experience anger, denial, guilt, and great sadness and everyone processes their grief differently. Help is available if you are having an especially difficult time dealing with the loss of your pet. If you feel you are in need of immediate crisis help, please call 1-844-493-8255. We are always here to help you any way we can.
Helpful Books for Adults
- The Loss of a Pet by Dr. Wallace Sife
- Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty J. Carmack
- Coping with Sorrow: On the Loss of your Pet by Moira K. Anderson M ed.
Helpful Books for Children
- Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
- Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
- When a Pet Dies by Fred Rodgers
- The Heaven of Animals by Nancy Tillman
Morris animal Foundation link
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement link
American Veterinary Medical association (avma.org/HumaneEndings)
How can I honor my friend?
For many, honoring a friend is an important part of both grieving and healing and can be approached in many different ways. You already honored your pet by giving them the best quality of life you could and by making the decision to give them a dignified and peaceful passing. That is what matters most to your pet.
It may help you to do other things that bring you comfort as well and can be as simple as telling a story about the good times you shared together, making or purchasing a keepsake, drawing pictures, planting a tree, or making a donation. There are also many memorial websites out there where you can send in a picture and story of your pet to share and honor your friend. The most important thing about any memorial is that it helps you feel good about the time you and your pet shared together.