Pet Loss Resources

Helpful Websites A website dedicated to helping pet lovers understand pet loss and addressing common questions related to the mourning process. Offers additional bereavement for pet guardians as well as a pet memorial hall of fame. Information devoted solely to helping you better understand and deal with euthanasia and why it’s a humane choice for ill pets. Also includes information related to how pets mourn the loss of their companions and a chat room to discuss your loss with others. A comprehensive guide to understanding grief after the loss of a pet as well as how to handle it when others devalue your loss. Additional resources include helping a child deal with pet loss and how you might know when it’s time to move on after a loss. A site dedicated to helping younger children understand what happens after a pet passes away and why they are experiencing new feelings. Also available in Spanish. – Coping With the Death of Your Pet: How to take care of yourself, your family, and other pets when you’ve had to say goodbye

Psychology Today MagazineGetting Over Rover: Why Our Grief Over a Dog is so Intense

Alberta Mental Health Association – A wealth of local support resources for those struggling with mental illness. – A free phone and web-based counselling support hotline for kids 20 and younger. Includes articles to help children deal with a variety of topics and situations.

Suggested Reading:


Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet
Moira Anderson Allen
Filled with information and guidance. This helpful book treats this serious subject with sympathetic feelings.

The Pet Loss Companion
Ken Dolan Del-Vecchio & Nancy Saxton-Lopez
The authors share stories drawn from decades of experience leading pet loss groups and practicing family therapy

Where the tomorrows go
Manoj S. Abraham (children’s book)
“Where The Tomorrows Go” is a journey of the heart that parents can use as a tool to have a meaningful conversation about this emotional subject with their little ones.