Grief is a very personal process and each one of us deals with loss in a different way. For some they want to surround themselves with memories, making no changes at all. For others, they feel the need to take action to do something that honors the family pet that they lost. There is no time limit for grief; and you will need to take whatever you require to get through the pain. We cannot expect to do this alone and you should reach out to friends and family that understand what you are going through. There is also an incredible array of resources that you can use to help you in your journey.
Here are some of the online sources that can be of assistance for you:
Pet Loss Support Groups; U.S. By State and Canada: https://petmemoryshop.com/pages/pet-loss-support-groups
Click on your state and find the closest support group in your area.
Phone Support: Many in the throes of loss simply want a listening ear of someone that knows what you are going through. You need an individual that will not judge you because your tears are falling and you miss the pet that you shared your life with. Here are some exceptional and sensitive organizations that you can call in your time of need:
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE SUPPORT LINE.
Monday-Friday 9am – 6pm. (865)755-8839
PET LOSS SUPPORT HOTLINE
THE IAMS COMPANY MAINTAINS A SPECIAL TOLL-FREE NUMBER FOR GRIEVING PET OWNERS.
DOVE LEWIS EMERGENCY ANIMAL HOSPITAL PET LOSS SUPPORT SERVICES.