Grief Resources

Counseling and Support Groups

san diego humanePet Loss Support Group, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Address: 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110 Phone: (619) 299-7012, extension 2311 Website:

One weekend morning and one weekday evening session per month. The Pet Loss Support Group is open to those ages 12 and up, including pet parents who are considering or preparing for euthanasia. Thanks to support from the San Diego Pet Memorial Park, sessions are free. Donations are appreciated.

Please call (619) 299-7012, extension 2311, to make a reservation or for more information.

Expressive Arts @ 32nd& Thorn

Address: 3201 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104 Phone: (619) 251-8474 Website:

This support group creatively honors the passing of our animal friends. Tish uses simple art making processes to explore grief and look to the art for resources that can help us move forward in our life.

No previous art experience necessary.

Pet Loss Hotlines

ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline (toll free) 877-474-3310

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline 607-253-3932 Staffed by Cornell University Veterinary Students Tuesday-Thursday 6-9pmET, messages will be returned.

CONTACT of Burlington County, NJ, 856-234-4688. Offers free telephone support, information and referrals to anyone who is mourning or anticipating the loss of a pet; 24-hour crisis helpline.

The Iams Company’s Pet Loss Support Center & Hotline, 1-888-332-7738. A special toll-free number for grieving pet owners, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Books for Children

Snort’s Special Gift: Suzanne Yue

A Special Place for Charlee: Debby Morehead

Jasper’s Day: Marjorie Blain Parker

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney: Judith Viorst

Sammy in the Sky: Barbara Walsh

The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye: Jane Yolen

Goodbye, Mousie: Robie Harris

Saying Goodbye to Lulu: Corinne Demas

Dog Heaven: Cynthia Rylant

Cat Heaven: Cynthia Rylant