Pet-loss Support Resources



The grieving process can be difficult for people who have lost a farm pet. For some, the animal has been a member of the family for years. Losing a pet will mean a lifestyle change. To find support in coping with your loss, consult these resources.

Pet-loss Websites


  • The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
    Articles, pet-bereavement counselors and a chat room will help to support you in the loss of your pet.
  • Colorado State University’s Argus Institute Grief Resources
    Articles, a reading list and comprehensive listings of online memorial sites and commercial memorial resources make this a must-visit site.
  • Lightning Strike Pet Loss Support
    Links, a forum, a chat room and a place to blog about your friend are highlights of this caring site.
  • Pet Loss Support Page
    Author Moira Anderson Allen’s resources-rich pet-loss website
  • Hoofbeats in Heaven
    Free memorial pages, a support group, links and a sister e-mail group at YahooGroups for grieving horse owners

Pet-loss Books

  • Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, by Moira Anderson Allen (Dog Ear Publishing, 2007)
  • Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, by Gary Kowalski (New World Library, 2006)
    Good-bye My Friend: Pet Cemeteries, Memorials and Other Ways to Remember, by Michele Lanci-Altomere (BowTie Press, 2000)
  • The Loss of a Pet, by Wallace Sife (Howell Book House, 2005)
  • When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and Other Losses, by John W. James, Russell Friedman and Dr. Leslie Matthews (Harper Paperbacks, 2002)

Children’s Pet-loss Books

  • Fluffy Love: Helping children deal with the loss of a pet, by Donna Shavatt and Eve Shavatt (Bereavement Publications, Inc., 2008)
  • I’ll Always Love You, by Hans Wilhelm (Dragonfly Books, 1988); Ages 4 to 8
    Remembering Pets: A Book for Children Who Have Lost a Pet, by Gina Dalpra-Berman (Robert D. Reed Publishers, 2001); Ages 4 to 6
  • Saying Goodbye to Lulu, by Corinne Demas (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009); Ages 4 to 8
  • When a Pet Dies, by Fred Rogers (Putnam Juvenile, 1998); Ages 4 to 8

Pet Memorial Journals

  • My Personal Pet Remembrance Journal, by Enid Samuel Traisman (Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, 1997)
  • Paw Prints in the Stars: A Farewell and Journal for a Beloved Pet, by Warren Hanson (Tristan Publishing, 2008)
  • The Kingdom of Heart: A Pet Loss Journal, by Patty L. Luckenbach (Spiritual Living Press, 2005)

Pet-loss Support Hotlines

  • Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline: 508-839-7966
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline: 877-394-2273
  • Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support: 866-266-8635
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline: 607-253-3932
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline: 517-432-2696
  • University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center Pet Loss Support Hotline: 352-294-4005
  • University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College Pet Loss Support Hotline: 519-824-4120, ext. 53694


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