Grief Resources

We understand that losing a companion is often a very difficult process and that your feelings can become overwhelming during this time. We have compiled a number of resources to help you through this mourning period. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help you navigate the grieving process.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline


Pet Loss and Grief Webpages and Resources

Pet loss Support (local to Talbot County) Talbot Hospice/ Talbot Humane
Phone: (401) 822-0107
Email address:

• The Pet Loss Support Page
• Agape Pet Services
• Pet Loss at Home
• The Argus Institute
• Hoofbeats in Heaven
• Helping Your Child Cope With Pet Loss
• Family and Community Services
• Helping Children Cope
• Children and Pet Loss
• Helping Pets Deal With a Loss
• How Animals Grieve

Pet Loss Hotlines

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Noon – Midnight EST
(877) GRIEF-10 or (877) 474-3310

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Companion Animal Related Emotions (CARE) Pet Loss Helpline
1- 6 p.m., CDT, Tuesdays and Thursdays
(217) 244-CARE (2273)

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
6-9 p.m., EST, Tuesday-Thursday
(607) 253-3932

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
6-9 p.m., EST, Monday-Friday during academic year
Hours vary in the summer, please call
(508) 839-7966

University of Pennsylvania
Veterinary Grief Counseling Program at Penn Vet’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital
6-8 p.m., EST, Monday, Thursday
(215) 898-4556 (Voicemails can be left anytime. Calls returned during hours of operation.)

University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
10 a.m.-5 p.m., EST, Monday-Friday
(865) 755-8839
Offer support groups, art therapy, and individual, couple, and family counseling services

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
6-9 p.m., EST, Tuesday and Thursday
(540) 231-8038

Washington State University
7-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 1-3 p.m., Saturday, PT, during semester
Other times of year messages and emails checked Monday – Thursday and Saturday once daily
(866) 266-8635 or (509) 335-5704

Recommended Reading on Pet Loss

For all ages:

Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love by Lorri A. Greene, Ph.D.
Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack
Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide by Julia Harris
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates by Gary Kurz
When Only the Love Remains by Emily Margaret Stuparyk
Losing My Best Friend: Thoughtful support for those affected by dog bereavement or pet loss, Kindle Edition by Jeannie Wycherley
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski
I Will See You in Heaven by Jack Winz
The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by Russell Freidman
The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups by Ken Dolan- Del Vecchio
Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers: Coping Wisdom for Heart and Soul After the Loss of a Beloved Feline by Liz Eastwood
Healing A Child’s Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents by Wendy Van de Poll

For children:

When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm
My Favorite Star by Lisa Iannucci


Small Animals:

New Clients – Small Animals
Small Animal FAQs

Large Animals:

New Clients – Large Animals
Large Animal FAQs

Other Resources:

Why Choose Veterinary Medical Center
Pet Health Library
Online Reviews