Pet Loss Resources

“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go” ~ Jamie Anderson

Online Resources

Why losing a pet hurts so much :

Day by Day Pet Support

  • Weekly online support chatroom, every Sunday evening.

Everlife Memorials

  • Nationwide Pet Loss Support Group Listing. 

Chance’s Spot:

  • Pet Loss and Grief Support including support for children.

The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement :

Pet Loss online help:

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Pet Loss Hotlines

  • TUFTS Pet Loss Support Hotline 508-839-7966
  • PALS- The Pet Loss Comfort Line 202-966-2171
  • ASPCA Pet Grief Counseling Hotline: 877-474-3310    
  • Karla Drake, LCSW, Tidewater Pyschotherapy Services : 757-497-3670


Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson

Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski

The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by Russell Friedman, Cole James and John W. James.

Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Pawprints in the Stars: A Farewell and Journal for a Beloved Pet by Warren Hanson

Pet Loss and Human Bereavement Editor William Kay

Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers: Coping Wisdom for Heart and Soul After the Loss of a Beloved Feline by Liz Eastwood

The Pet Loss Companion by Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio and Nancy Saxton-Lopez

 For Every Dog an Angel by Christine Davis

I Never Wanted to Say Goodbye: A Collection of Poems by Arlene Klein

The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping with the Grieving Process When a Pet Dies by Wallace Sife, PhD

A Final Act of Caring: Ending the life of an animal friend by Mary and Herb Montgomery

There is Eternal Life for Animals by Niki Behrikis Shanahan

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet by Gary Kurz

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" Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big." Erica Jong


In person or remote personal counseling for care-givers, pet parents during last chapter and beyond....

Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW

Veterinary Social Work Clinician, Educator, and Consultant

(757) 296-0800