Death and grief are certainties in life. When a cherished pet dies, the experience of grief and bereavement are no different than mourning the death of a person we have loved.


Grief is like the ocean;

it comes in waves ebbing and flowing.

Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming.

All we can do is learn to swim.

- Vicki Harrison

Pet Loss Websites

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement -

International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care -

A Help Project -

Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Center -

Rainbow Bridge -

Chance's Spot Pet Loss and Grief Support -

Letters to Pushkin -

Ontario Pet Loss -

The Pet Loss Support Page -

Article from Psychology Today - Four Steps to Take After Experiencing Pet Loss





Pet Loss Support Groups

Toronto Pet Network - All about Pets in the GTA -

Tufts -

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support -


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