Our pets are an important part of our lives. The loss of a pet, for any reason, can be a deeply distressing event. Many people may feel intense grief, sadness, anxiety, guilt, or even anger. These reactions are part of the natural grieving process that comes from the loss of a loved one.
Your feelings are a reflection of the special bond which you felt with your pet. Sharing your feelings with others who have had similar experiences can help in working through the grieving process. The following links are resources which we hope you find helpful. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to consult with us as we truly feel saddened by the loss of any pet.
Michigan State University Pet Loss Support Hotline – (517) 432-2696. Volunteers/ staff the hotline Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings 6:30-9:30 p.m.
You can click on the links below for direct website access.
- Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, by Moira Anderson Allen
- Pet Loss and Human Bereavement, by William Kay
- Surviving the Heartbreak of Choosing Death for Your Pet, Linda Mary Peterson
- Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone Who has Ever Lost a Pet, Gary Kowalski
- The Tenth Good Thing about Barney, Judith Viorst (Children’s book)