Pet Loss Support Groups

Family, friends, and society don’t always understand how drastically the loss of a pet can affect us, and can find it difficult to support the grief we often feel.

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.

This group offers a nonjudgmental setting to express your feelings in a safe and supportive environment. You can expect the support group session to include an introduction to the different stages of grief, how to work through feelings of anger, guilt, and sadness, and how to celebrate the time you shared. We encourage you to share a photo or object of affection of the companion you wish to honor, and we hope that you will find some comfort in our support during your healing process.

WHEN: The second Saturday of every month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Lollypop Farm, Terrence B. McIntee Lollypop Training and Education Center
Free of cost. Pre-registration required.

Questions? Email petloss@lollypop.org

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We have compiled a few other resources that might help you navigate this difficult time.

Pet Loss Resources:
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Coping with the Loss of a Pet | AVMA

Pet Cloud
Looking for more regular virtual options and resources? Pet Cloud offers weekly virtual pet loss support groups, a membership support program, grief support and quality-of-life and euthanasia guides, and many other resources.

Pet Loss Links | Cornell University

Pet Loss Support Hotline at Cornell University
Staffed by volunteer veterinary students trained by professional grief counselors. 607-218-7457, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: 6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. EST.

Pet Loss Support Hotline at Tufts University
Staffed by volunteer veterinary students trained by a licensed therapist. During the academic year: 508-839-7966, Monday – Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST.

ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline
877-GRIEF-10 toll-free hotline