Support & Resources


  • "Grieving the Death of a Pet" by Betty M. Carmack
  • "Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet" by Gary Kowalski
  • "When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses" by John W. James, Russell Friedman
  • "Forever friends: resolving grief after the loss of a beloved animal" by Joan Coleman
  • "Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet" by Moira Anderson
  • "The Loss of a Pet" by Wallace Sife
  • "Absent Friend" by L. Lee, M. Lee
  • "Goodbye My Friend" by M. Montgomery, H. Montgomery
  • "Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone? A Pet Loss Memory Book, Ages 3-103" by S. Sibbitt

Children's Books:

  • "I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand: A Child's Guide to Grief and Loss" by Pat Palmer, Dianne O'Quinn Burke
  • "Let's talk about when your pet dies" by Marianne Johnston
  • "When Your Pet Dies" by Diane Pomerance
  • "Mr. Rogers' First Experience: When a Pet Dies" by Fred Rogers
  • "Dog Heaven"/"Cat Heven" by Cynthia Rylant
  • "The Tenth Good Thing About Barney" by J. Viorst
  • "Zoe's Good-bye" written and illustrated by Mary Schlangen, DVM, Grand Rapids, Mich.e
  • "I'll Always Love You" by M. Montgomery, H. Montgomery
  • "A Special Place for Charlee: A Child's Companion through Pet Loss" by D. Morehead



  • "Mister Rogers talks with parents about pets" - PBS video
  • "Losing your best friend. Recovering from the death of a pet" - Gravity Video Productions
  • "The Loss of Your Pet" by Ralston Purina available through American Animal Hospital Association

Web sites:


Hotlines: Toll free

  • Grief Recovery Hotline: 
    (800) 445-4808
    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm PST
  • The Iams Pet Loss Support Center & Hotline
    (888) 332-7738
    Monday thru Saturday, 8am to 8pm
  • C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline 
    (877) 394-2273
    The C.A.R.E. Helpline is staffed by veterinary students who have received training from grief counselors. They also receive supervision from a licensed psychologist.

Pet Loss Support Group/Counseling

  • The Rainbow Passage - Pet Loss and Bereavement Support Center
    (414) 376-0340
    Contact: Charlene Douglas, M.S.
    Charlene has been a pet loss/bereavement counselor for eight years. She specializes in internet counseling for issues related to pet loss and bereavement. Individual telephone consultations and group support is additionally offered.
The resources above are a sample of pet loss support and resources available to you. VES/VSC does not specifically endorse any particular support or resource.