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Internet Support Groups

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Pet bereavement counselors, virtual condolence cards, counselors at law for pet-related matters, In Memoriam list, bereavement for service dogs, local meetings, and more

Animal Love & Loss Network
Counselors, local support groups, list of books, memorials, postings for missing pets

Petloss.com
The Rainbow Bridge story; Monday Pet Loss Candle Ceremony; message board, chat room; add pet’s name to list for tributes; poetry and music in memory of pets

Rainbows Bridge Grief Support Center
One-on-one online grief counseling, memorials, Monday Night Candle Ceremony

Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine
Grief resources for families with pets

In Memory of Pets
Submit a tribute, candlelight ceremony, share your pet’s family story, photo gallery

Lightning Strike Pet-Loss Support Page
The name comes from the hope that the page will provide lightning-fast help for the griever

House Rabbit Society’s Pet Loss Support and Grief page

Recommended Reading

These books may help the healing process after the loss of a pet.

  • When Your Pet Dies, by F. Rogers.
  • Inter-relations Between People and Pets, by B. Fogel.
  • Death and Dying, by E. Kubler-Ross.
  • When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings, by J.E. Quakenbush & D. Graveline.
  • “Pet Loss.” Contact American Veterinary Medical Association at 1-800-248-AVMA. May also be obtained through most local veterinarians.
  • “The Loss of Your Pet.” American Animal Hospital Association’s Member Service Center at 1-800-252-2242. May also be obtained through most local veterinarians.
  • “When Your Animal Dies.” Contact American Veterinary Medical Association at 1-800-248-AVMA. May also be obtained through most local veterinarians.
  • A Final Act of Caring, by Herb & Mary Montgomery.
  • “Companion Animal Loss & Pet Owner Grief,” by Mark A. Rosenberg, V.M.D. ALPO’s Professional Relations. May be obtained through most local veterinarians.
  • Death of a Pet, by Shirl & J.W. Potter, Sr. and George J. Loss
  • Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children, H.A. Nieburg & A. Fischer.
  • “Pet Loss and Human Emotion: When the Question if Euthanasia.” Contact American Veterinary Medical Association at 1-800-248-AVMA. May also be obtained through most local veterinarians.
  • “The Loss of Your Pet.” American Animal Hospital Association’s Member Service Center at 1-800-252-2242. May also be obtained through most local veterinarians.
  • Good-bye My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet, by Herb & Mary Montgomery.
  • Life Beyond Loss, by Kenneth Doka, PhD. Guideline Publications. While geared toward loss of people not pets, this may still be helpful.
  • Living Through Personal Crisis, by Ann Kaiser Stearns.
  • Pet Love, by Betty White.
Recommended Reading (For Younger Children)

These resources may help you talk to young children to help them deal with their own feelings of loss.

  • The Accident, by Carol Carrick.
  • Answers to a Child’s Questions About Death, by Peter Stillman.
  • The Dead Bird, by Margaret Wise Brown.
  • Freddie, the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia.
  • I’ll Always Love You, by Hans Wilhelm.
  • Mustard, by Charlotte Graeber.
  • Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone? by S. Sibbit. This book is also good for older children and adults.
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst.
  • Saying Goodbye Activity Book, by J. Boulden.
Recommended Reading (For Older Children)

For children who are reading chapter books, these books may provide comfort.

  • Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White.
  • Growing Time, by Sandol Stoddard Warburg.
  • It Must Hurt a Lot, by Doris Sanford.
  • Lifetimes, by Brian Mellonie and Robert Ingpen.
  • Living with Death, by Judith Bisiganaro. A version is also available for children 4–10 years of age.
  • The Yearling, by Marjorie Rawlings.