"No Heaven will not ever Heaven be, unless my cats are there to welcome me."

- Anonymous

Pet Loss Support

We know that the loss of your pet can be a very difficult and traumatic event in your life.  Many people may need help dealing with their grief. It is normal to feel deep heartache and sadness over the loss of your pet.  Many people, including Dr. Sarah,  feel that their pets are an integral part of the family and it is natural to have deep connections with them.

Below are some contact information for organizations, hotline numbers, and pet loss books that may be helpful if you need some additional support.

Please do not hesitate to call one of the pet loss hotlines below if you need someone to talk to.  At the bottom of the page we also have some ideas for memorials for your pet that can be meaningful and helpful for the grieving process.

Moderated chat rooms for Pet Loss and Anticipatory Grief   

www.aplb.org 

Monday Evening Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony @ 7 p.m.

petloss.com

Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets Help Line

(707) 557-8595  

www.pethospice.org

Pet-loss.net - Grief support & info, memorial items, tributes

www.pet-loss.net

Tufts Pet Loss Hotline

(508) 839-7966   

www.tufts.edu

Suicide Prevention Hotline

suicidepreventionhotline.org

1-800-273-8255

(available 24/7)

Pet Loss Books

  • Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die -  Jon Katz
  • Grieving the Death of a Pet - Betty Carmack
  • Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet - M. Anderson
  • Pet Loss and Human Bereavement - W. Kay
  • Animals as Teachers and Healers - S. McElroy
  • A Final Act of Caring: Ending the Life of an Animal Friend - M. Montgomery
  • Pet Loss : A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children - H. Neiburg.
  • Tibetan Book of Living & Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Kindred Spirit, Kindred Care: Making Health Decisions on Behalf of Our Animal Companions ​- Shannon F. Nakaya, DVM
  • It's Okay To Cry - M.L. Quintana
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney - Judith Viorst, 1975
  • When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings - Quackenbush

Pet Loss Books

Especially for Children

  • When a Pet Dies - F. Rogers
  • Dog Heaven - C. Rylant
  • Cat Heaven - C. Rylant
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