Support Groups, Hotlines, and Books

Veterinary Specialty Center Pet Loss Support Group

CVMA Wings Pet Loss Support Group and Hotline – 630.325.1600
ASPCA Pet Loss Support Program – 877.474.3310
Anti-Cruelty Society – Call Tammie Bouschor at 312.644.8338 ext. 344 or e-mail


Humane Society of the United States Pet Loss Information
Pet Loss USA
ASPCA Pet Loss
Pet Loss Help 

Books About Pet Loss

  • Coping with sorrow on the loss of your pet (3rd ed.) – Anderson, M. (1996). US: DogEar Publishing.
  • Goodbye friend: Healing wisdom for anyone who has ever lost a pet – Kowalski, G. (2012).  Novato, CA: New World Publishing.
  • Good-bye my friend: Tributes, poems, prose, and other ways to remember your pet – Lanci-Altomare, M. (2004). Irvine, CA: Bowtie Press.
  • Coping with the loss of a pet – Lemieux, C. (1989). Wyomissing, PA: Wallace R Clark Co.
  • Goodbye, my friend: Grieving the loss of a pet – Montgomery, M. and Montgomery, H. (1991). Chanhassen, MN: Montgomery Press.
  • A final act of caring: Ending the life of an animal friend – Montgomery, M. and Montgomery, H. (1993). Chanhassen, MN: Montgomery Press.
  • Healing Pet Loss – 10 tips for coping with the loss of a pet – Soucy, M. (2012). Healing Pet Loss.
  • When your pet dies: A guide to mourning, remembering, and healing – Wolfelt, A. (2004). Fort Collins, CO: Companion Press.

Books For Children and Parents

  • Talking about death: A dialogue between parent and child – Grollman, E. (1990). Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • When children grieve: For adults to help children deal with death, divorce, pet loss, moving, and other losses – James, J, Friedman, R, and Matthews, L. (2001). New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Pet loss and children: Establishing a healthy foundation – Ross, C.B. (2005). New York, NY: Routledge.

Books For Children

  • When dinosaurs die: A guide to understanding death – Brown, L.K., and Brown, M. (1996).  New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company.
  • Why did you die: Activities to help children cope with grief and loss -Leeuwenburgh, E. and Goldring, E. (2008). Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books.
  • Lifetimes: A beautiful way to explain death to children  Mellonie, B. and Ingpen, R. (1983).
  • Dog Heaven – Rylant, C. (1995). New York, NY: The Blue Sky Press.
  • Cat Heaven -Rylant, C. (1997). New York, NY: The Blue Sky Press. New York, NY: Bantam Books.
  • I miss you: A first look at death – Thomas, P. (2001). Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series.

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