Grief Resources

Here are some of our most recommended resources for dealing with pet loss and grief:


Grief Healing

Association For Pet Loss and Bereavement

In Memory of Pets

Lightning Strike Pet Loss Support

LifeGem ( If you are interested in this contact us)


Animal Love and Loss Network:

An organization of pet loss counselors and professional; offers links to support groups, plus a chat room.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement:

An association of pet loss counselors and professionals.  The site offers links, articles, a bookstore and directories of counselors and pet loss support groups.

APLB Support Chat Rooms

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement’s Chat Rooms are designed to provide a safe and supportive haven for those who have lost a beloved animal companion.  Discussions are not ones for social chatting, as they are solely designated to cover topics related to pet loss and bereavement.  It is important to note that while these chat rooms are caring and highly effective discussions, they should not be confused with clinical psychological counseling sessions.  Rather, the focus is solely on pet bereavement.  Although the tone is one of compassion and constructive supportiveness, this association cannot always regulate the variables that may arise in such an environment. 

BOOKS: Preparing for Loss and Anticipatory Grief 

Final Farewell: Preparing for and Mourning the Loss of Your Pet; Marty Tousley

Loss and Anticipatory Grief; Theresa A. Rando

Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet: Saying Goodbye with Love, Dignity and Peace of Mind; Myrna Milani DVM

Smiling through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief; Harriet Hodgson BS, MA, Lois Krahn MD


BOOKS: Coping with Loss

Absent Friend: Coping with the Loss of a Treasured Pet; Laura Lee, Martin Lee

Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying and BeyondRita M. Reynolds, Gary Kowalski

Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet; Gary Kowalski

Legacies of Love, A Gentle Guide to Healing from the loss of Your Animal Loved One; Theresa L. Wagner

Surviving the Heartbreak of Choosing Death for your Pet; Linda Mary Peterson

When Only Love Remains: The Pain of Pet Loss; Emily Margaret Stuparyk

When Your Pet Dies, A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing; Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D

Grieving the Loss Of A Pet; Betty J. Carmack


BOOKS: Children and Grief

For Every Dog an Angel; Christine Davis

When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and Other Losses; John W. James, Russell Friedman, Dr. Leslie Mathews