Losing a beloved pet can be a lonely and devastating time in your life. Sometimes it is difficult to find understanding, compassionate, and empathetic people to help support you along in your very personal journey of bereavement. We hope to offer you some options to help your journey through grief, as well as find healthy coping skills that will foster a lightness in your heart and a place of honor for your pet.

If you are:

  • Feeling lost without your pet.
  • Wondering what to tell your child about the loss of a pet.
  • Finding that family and friends fail to understand or attempt to minimize your loss.
  • Wondering if it is too soon to get another pet.
  • Still grieving for a pet you had some time ago.
  • Currently considering euthanasia for a pet.

Here are some options for support:

Local In-Person and Virtual Support Groups:

Marla Andrews of Humane Hearts, LLC has a lifetime of work in animal welfare, Marla holds an M.Ed. in Humane Education and Animal Welfare and is certified as a Pet-Loss Grief Support Specialist (American Institute of Health Care Professionals). With a passion for helping others who share her love of animals, she brings a deep empathy and notable sense of humor that often helps to lighten and brighten the seriousness of the issues at hand.  To contact Marla, you can visit her website: https://www.humanehearts.com/

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement offers a variety of support options. They also offer a list of phone support groups across the country as a resource.