COPING WITH THE LOSS OF A PET
If you’re trying to cope with the loss of a beloved pet, you are not alone and it is healthy to ask for help. At times, we all need help understanding our emotions and the resources that you see below might go a long way in validating your personal experience.
While we at Puget Sound Veterinary Specialists do our best to screen and offer counselors and resources of the highest quality and standards, we do not endorse or accept responsibility for the individuals or organizations listed here. The use of internet or telephone pet loss support resources are not intended to replace consults with local physicians, veterinarians, or qualified mental health professionals.
These resources are updated frequently. We check to be sure the numbers and links we provide you with are the most current we can. If you find that a link or a number does not work, please let us know so we can correct it!
Pet loss support groups can provide a safe and non-judgmental place for family members to go to be able to share their feelings and experiences. You can do this before or after the loss of your pet. Anticipatory grief is common among those caring for a terminally ill friend or family member and is a perfectly valid reason to seek help.
Starting on March 7th, Puget Sound Veterinary Specialist’s social worker will be hosting a monthly pet loss support group every 1st Sunday of the Month at Port Orchard Active Club Recreation Building, Meeting Room 3 at Givens Park from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. For additional information please contact Stephanie Jankowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-871-9651.
The following links have lists of numerous pet loss support groups by state, support webinars and much more. This is not a comprehensive list.
PET LOSS COUNSELING
For some, one on one personal conversation is more beneficial than social gatherings. There are many counselors available and finding someone who you connect with is a very personal decision. Here are just a few who are available on the Kitsap Peninsula.
- Stephanie Jankowski, MSW, LSWAIC, Puget Sound Veterinary
- Specialists E-mail: email@example.com
- Lou-Ann Lauborough, LICSW, CSW-G
- Tanya Lewis
- 3003 Judson St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335
- Phone: (253) 722-6533
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not all counseling needs to be away from your home. Long distance therapy is available and can be just as helpful.
- A Different Kind of Healing with Jon Terrell, MA
- Grief Healing with Martha Merritt Tousley, RN, MS, FT, BC-TMH
- Pet Loss Counseling with Sandra Brackenridge, LCSW
- Chance’s Spot: Pet loss and grief support including support for children.
- The Argus Institute – Includes information on helping children cope with pet illness and death.
- The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
- The Pet Loss Support Page
- com Grief Support Center
BOOKS ABOUT GRIEF FOR ADULTS
- Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Petby Moira Anderson
- Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski
- The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Lossby Russell Friedman, Cole James and John W. James.
- Pawprints in the Stars: A Farewell and Journal for a Beloved Petby Warren Hanson
- Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers: Coping Wisdom for Heart and Soul After the Loss of a Beloved Feline by Liz Eastwood
- Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline: 607-253-3932
- Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline: 508-839-7966