You Are Not Alone


One of the greatest healers of grief is time, but time heals only if we allow ourselves to grieve and feel the emotions of sadness, anger, anguish or depression. When we are in the midst of grief, we cannot imagine ever feeling better, but trust that the rawness of fresh grief will subside if we allow for its full expression.

Although we may always feel sadness, we know we are healing when the memories of our cherished companion brings us joy and causes us to smile in fond recollection. The time it takes to heal, however, is individual.

Support is available from several sources. Your veterinarian can answer questions and reassure you about your decisions. Pour your heart out to an understanding friend. Read a message board, chat online, or join a pet loss support group such as the ones you will find listed at griefhealing.com.

Or, you can find support by phone. The goal of a pet loss hotline is to help you understand that you are not alone. It is important to talk about the loss and express your sorrow. Never be embarrassed for having strong grief feelings over the death of your beloved pet. While the trained staff members won’t take your pain away, they can comfort you because they are very good listeners. 


Iams Pet Loss Support Center and Help Line:

1-888-332-7738 (toll-free)

Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM EST


ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline:

1-877-GRIEF10 (1-877-474-3310)

Other Resources: (NOT toll-free)

California Davis University
Grief Counseling


The Ohio State University
Grief Counseling

E-mail: petloss@osu.edu

Both hotlines are staffed by veterinary students specially trained in pet loss grief counseling.

Visit the Grief Support page at the MorrisAnimalFoundation.org for hotlines by geographical area.

You can also read Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss by author Moira Anderson Allen. Includes a list of support groups and counselors by US states and the countries of Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand.  

From Vetstreet.com: Five Strategies for Surviving the Loss of a Pet by Dr. Marty Becker

Go to next page: Remembering Your Pet 

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How complicated and individual mending is,
the time required for healing
cannot be measured against any fixed calendar
Mary Jane Moffat
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