It can sometimes help to share your feelings with someone who knows from personal experience how distressing the loss of a pet can be, and who will listen with compassion and without judgement.
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, based in the US, along with The Ralph Site which is based in the UK, both run Pet Loss Forums where you can connect with other pet owners who are experiencing similar emotions to you.
There are many special Pet Loss trained counsellors. You can find some of these on the Ralph site and also within the Counselling Directory. Note that we haven’t ‘vetted’ any of these, and we are not directly endorsing their services. It’s best to carry out further research and if possible speak to them and ask for references before you enter into any counselling agreement.
- Association for Pet Loss Support
- Grief Healing
- Open to Hope
- Pet Loss Grief Support
- California Veterinary Medical Association
- Pet Loss Support Page
- American Humane Association - Pet Loss
- Navigating Grief: A Guidebook for Grief Awareness and Understanding