Losing a pet often leaves a profound impact on guardians. Grief from pet loss is very real, and coping with that grief can be extremely difficult. We’ve gathered a variety of resources to help support you during this difficult time.
Lap of Love:
Pet Loss and Bereavement Resource Line Call 855-351-LOVE (5683) Monday – Friday. The resource line is a complimentary national hotline available to those that are anticipating or grieving the loss of their pet.
AVMA Compiled Pet Loss Support Grief Counseling
University of Illinois
Phone: 217-244-CARE (2273) or 877-394-CARE (2273)
Michigan State University
P&G Pet Care, Pet Loss Support Hotline
University of Pennsylvania
University of Tennessee
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Washington State University
Phone: 509-335-5704 or 866-266-8635
Children’s Reading List
Meng, Cece, and Jago. Illustrated, Philomel Books, 2016.
Healing A Child’s Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents.
Poll, Van Wendy. Center for Pet Loss Grief, LLC, 2016.
Death of a Pet: Answers to Questions for Children and Animal Lovers of All Ages.
Potter, Shirl, and Koss, George. Guideline Publications, 1991.
A Rainbow Bridge for Gus: A Story about the Loss of a Pet.
Rigabar, Barbara Bareis, and Chris Sharp. Barb Rigabar, 2014.
Rylant, Cynthia. Illustrated, Blue Sky Press, 1997.
Children and Pet Loss: A Guide for Helping.
Tousley, Marty. 1st ed., Our Pals Pub, 1996.