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  • Marcy Santos

Pet Bereavement Resources

Are you coping with the loss of a beloved pet? Whether it happened recently or long ago, finding support to help you process the loss you are experiencing is critical. Below are several resources to help you cope if you are grieving the loss of a pet.


The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) is a nonprofit association with professionally trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling. They have online resources such as pet memorial and cemetery information and condolence cards. The APLB even offers a Pet Loss Grief Specialist training course.

The Rainbow Bridge Pet Loss Grief Support Center has several platforms including a chat feature, a forum, and a tips sheet. They also provide a list of pet loss hotlines that you can all.

The Pet Loss Support Page has a list of resources and FAQs on the site. You can also find lists of pet counselors and cemeteries organized by state.


Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love by Lorri A. Greene

This book was written by a psychologist with twenty years of experience as a pet bereavement specialist. The author provides cognitive tools and exercised to support people processing the loss of their pets and coping with the grief that comes with pet loss.

Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

To write this book, the author uses her own experiences as well as interviews with dozens of pet owners. The death of a pet is different than other types of loss that we experience. The personal insight from individual interviews makes this book a relatable read.

When Only the Love Remains by Emily Margaret Stuparyk

This book is unique in that it is a book of poems rather than a novel. If you enjoy reading poetry rather than prose, this heartfelt book addressing pet loss and the grief that comes with it is a wonderful comfort.

If you are coping with the loss of a beloved pet hopefully these resources can help.


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