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.

Resources & Links

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Noon – Midnight EST
(877) GRIEF-10 or (877) 474-3310
http://www.aspca.org

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
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/org/petloss/

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
https://vet.tufts.edu/petloss/

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.)
http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/grief-support-social-services

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
https://vetsocialwork.utk.edu/

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
email: plhl@vetmed.wsu.edu
http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/outreach/pet-loss-hotline

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

 
 

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