Many of us share an intense love and bond with our animal companions. For us, a pet is not “just a dog or a cat,” but our pet is a beloved member of our family, bringing companionship, and joy to our lives. A pet often provides a sense of meaning or purpose to those struggling with life situations beyond their control. So, when a cherished pet dies, it’s normal to feel racked by grief and loss.

We’ve done a bit of research to locate trusted resources that offer help and support with the grieving process.

Pet Loss Hotlines

ASPCA (877) GRIEF-10 operated from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily
Lap of Love (855) 955-5683 operated from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Online Resources for Pet Loss and Grief Support  

Grief Support Resources

Lap of Love Pet-Loss Support
Best Friends Pet Loss and Grief Support
I Remember You – Honoring Your Beloved Pet   

A Poem for the Grieving

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die…

Mary Frye