As pet owners & lovers, we know how the death of a devoted and loving pet, often your very best friend, can break your heart! As highly-trained funeral professionals, we are not only educated, but honored, to help companion you along your journey of grief and recovery. In addition to our personal attention, we provide professional resources to assist you in your grieving process. Along with books and articles, we have listed individuals or agencies who can help you as well. It is our privilege to be your guide and companion during this difficult time of loss in your life.
Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss (PDF) by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.
How Soon Should You Get a New Pet? (PDF) by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.
To read or print these PDF documents, you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader; if you do not have the Reader, you can download a free copy here.
Grief and Pet Loss by Margaret Muns, DVM
When Children Grieve by John W. James, Russell Friedman, Dr Leslie Matthews
When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing by Alan D. Wolfelt, PH. D. Wolfelt
Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost Pets by Gary Kurz
Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty J. Carmack
Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain (children's book)
Goodbye, My Friend: Celebrating the Memory of a Pet by Devon O'Day, Kim McLean
The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran, Dan Andreasen (Illustrator), Dan Andreasen (Illustrator) (children's book)
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Links and Other Resources
The Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement
Extensive resources and articles written by trained bereavement counseling volunteers.
The Argus Institute, Colorado State University
A reading list and links to resources for families and veterinarians.
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois
Helpline and specific information on grieving, euthanasia, children and pet loss, as well as meaningful ways to memorialize your beloved animal friend. See also their page on Family Grief.
Chance's Spot, Pet Loss and Support Resources
Chance's Spot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals who have suffered the loss of a dearly loved pet.
Pet Loss Support Hotline, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine