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Where To Find Support

Additional Support

Pet’s Quality of Life Assessment
Moving Forward after Pet Loss
Supporting Children through Pet Loss

For further assistance, please contact one of the following hotlines for support:

When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind. –Unknown

Support Group

Separate from our Compassionate Care Service guided by Jennifer Durn, MSW, LSW, we also offer a pet loss support group led by Dr. Carol Tavani, MD.  The online group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month from 7p to 8:30p. Out of respect for other attendees, please be on time and plan to stay the duration of the meeting. It is not necessary to RSVP, although, if you would like to please contact 610-666-1050.

For questions or further information please call 610-666-1050 or e-mail us at

Recommended Literature

Pet Illness and Loss

  • Carmack, Betty J. (2003). Grieving the Death of a Pet. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress.
  • Dolan-Del Vecchio, K & Saxton-Lopez, N (2013). The Pet Loss Companion. North Charleston: CreateSpace Independent Publishing  Platform.
  • Eastwood, Liz (2012). Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers: Coping Wisdom for Heart and Soul After the Loss of a Beloved Feline.  London: Sparkletonic Books.
  • Fiennes, Denise (2016). What to Do When Your Pet Dies. Middletown: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Friedman, R. James, C. and James, J.W. (2014). The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. Lanham: Taylor Trade Publishing.
  • Gordon, R (2017). A Caregiver’s Guide to Pet Hospice Care. Minnesota: Pogo
  • Kessler, D. (2019). Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc.
  • Kowalski, G. (1997). Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet. Walpole: Stillpoint Publishing.
  • Noel, B. & Blair, P.D. (2008). I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Reck, J (2012). Facing Farewell. Wenatchee: Dogwise Publishing
  • Sife, W. (2005). The Loss of a Pet. Hoboken: Howell Book House.
  • Wolfelt, A.D. (2004). When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering, and Healing. Fort Collins: Companion Press.

Supporting Children through Pet Loss

  • Barton Ross, C. (2005). Pet Loss and Children. New York: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Blain Parker, M. (2002) Jasper’s Day. Tonawanda: Kids Press Ltd.
  • Demas, C. & Hoyt, A. (2004). Saying Goodbye to Lulu. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Lupton, D. (2013). Goodbye, Brecken: A Story About the Death of a Pet. Washington D.C.: Magination Press.
  • Morehead, D. (1996). A Special Place for Charlee: A Child’s Companion Through Pet Loss. Bloomfield: Partners in Publishing, LLC
  • Parr, T.  (2015). The Goodbye Book, New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Rogers, F. (1988). When a Pet Dies. New York: Family Communications, Inc.
  • Tuzeo-Jarolmen, J. (2007). When a Family Pet Dies. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Viorst, J. (1971). The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Wilhelm, H. (1985). I’ll Always Love You. New York: Dragonfly Books.
  • Winnett, W. (2014) Pet Loss and Children: Helping Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet. Middletown: Counseling with Heart.
  • Yolen, J. (2011). The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye. New York: Random House.