Grief Support Resources.

Losing a pet is difficult. There are numerous resources and organizations that provide support and can be found online by searching keywords such as “pet grief support” and “pet euthanasia”. Below is a list of some of the sites that provide grief support, memorials and answer commonly asked questions.

Cornell Grief Resources

Go to > About Us > Outreach > Pet Loss Support Hotline > Resources for Grieving

This website includes FAQ’s about pet loss and euthanasia as well as other comprehensive, helpful resources including links to other websites, printed and audiovisual materials, and a Pet Loss Support Hotline (which is answered by veterinary students who have gone through extensive training with a grief counselor).

Best Friends Animal Society

Go to > sanctuary > Angels Rest Memorials

Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare society with a large sanctuary located in Utah, which for the past 30 years has been a leader in the no kill movement across the United States.

Angels Rest Memorials

“The gift of a memorial is a loving tribute to those who have touched our lives. It serves not only as a remembrance of the love you shared, but it also provides a second chance to those in need. Whether they're furry or not, your tribute will be recorded and live here within our website”.

Companion Animal Association of Arizona

Go to > pet grief support

The mission of this organization is to enhance the quality of lives of people by promoting the Human/Companion Animal Bond and to provide support when the bond is broken.

Pet Grief Support Service

  • Pet Grief Support Helpline

  • Links to Pet Loss Counseling, Pet Loss Articles, Children and Pet Loss, General Pet Loss

  • Support Group for Grieving Animal Lovers (meets 1st Saturday of every month at the Hospice of the Valley)

Rainbow Bridge Support

Go to

This website is for a euthanasia service in Washington, but it includes a few pages that answer commonly asked questions regarding topics such as making the decision to euthanize and how to communicate with children about the loss of a pet. The following are available on the website:

  • Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorial – A memorial created to leave special memories you shared with your pet.

  • Pet Loss Grief Support Center – Here you will find the Pet Loss Forum & Chat Room, along with other resources.

  • Visit the Residents of Rainbows Bridge – A listing of all Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorials.

  • Rainbows Bridge Pin & Poem Set – Accompanied by the poem, the pin is worn in honor and memory of your beloved pet.

  • New Beginnings – Search various databases for answers to health-related questions, and for Rescue Shelters in your area.

  • Monday Candle Lighting Ceremony – Join other pet owners to honor beloved pets who have gone to Rainbow Bridge.

  • The Rainbow Boutique – Pet memorial items from respected vendors.

  • Pet Poems & Stories – Encourages all visitors to share their poems & stories about a beloved pet.

  • E-Sympathy Cards – On-line Sympathy Cards to let friends know you care and understand the emotional pain of their loss.

  • The Guardian Area – You, a Guardian of a Rainbow Resident, go to care for your pet.

  • Volunteer – Volunteer to send a condolence, offer help at a pet loss chat, email an e-sympathy card or help at a forum.

  • Donations – A portion of all purchases is donated to rescue shelters chosen at random 4x/year.

Pet Celebration & Memorial Program

Go to > Support the Zoo > Pet Celebration & Memorial Program

The Phoenix Zoo offers two ways to honor that special animal family member in your life. This is a special way to make a donation in memory of a beloved pet or to celebrate a new animal addition to your family. Upon your donation, you or your designated recipient receives a personalized card that announces your gift to the zoo.

Books for Children and Adults:

  • Snort’s Special Gift by Suzann Yue – This is a family story that explores different ways to grieve for and remember a beloved pet. This healing story addresses feelings of loss in gentle and supportive ways as the family shares happy memories and creates a beautiful celebration of Snort’s life.

  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst – We are all attached in some way and this story is about a mother explains to her child how there is an invisible string that connects us to those we love, even when they are gone. A good book that helps kids when they lose someone or a pet.

Lasting Paws Pet Memorial Services

Go to > Pet Aftercare > Grief Support

Since 1992, the Veterinary Neurological Center has utilized Dr. Michael Ames crematory services which now goes by the name Lasting Paws Per Memorial Services. Their website provides a list of books for those grieving the loss of a pet as well as additional grief resources and explanation of their services.