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Researchers from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University, are conducting a study to learn about the impact of losing a pet. They are requesting participation from adults (18 years and older) who have lost a pet. It is hoped that the information learned will assist in providing comprehensive care for those grieving the death of a beloved animal companion. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete questionnaires about how you are adjusting and coping with the loss of your pet. The questions are designed to help us better understand your experiences following the death of your pet. You have the option of completing the questionnaires online or we will mail copies of the questionnaires to you. Your individual responses will be kept completely confidential. Participation in this study will take approximately 1 hour. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to: or go to the following link:


Angel Animals
While not specifically a "pet loss" site, this site focuses on animals and spirituality, and offers an interesting selection of articles. (It also has some pet loss resources.)

Animal Love and Loss Network
An organization of pet loss counselors and professionals; offers links to support groups, plus a chat room.

Animals in Our Hearts
Offers links, articles, an audio-book, tips on helping a friend or loved one cope with loss, and a variety of other animal-related resources.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
An association of pet loss counselors and professionals. The site offers links, articles, a bookstore, and directories of counselors and pet loss support groups.

Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine
This site provides a number of excellent articles on pet loss, plus additional resources for more help.

AVMA Guidelines for Pet Loss Support Services
Useful information for anyone interested in setting up a pet loss support group.

Chance's Spot
Lots of useful stuff here, including a lot of resources for children.

Coping with the Loss of a Pet
An article covering grieving, the five stages of mourning, how to explain pet loss to a child, and reasons for euthanasia.

Divine Love Unleashed - Pet Love, Loss & Spirituality
A blog that offers a number of short videos on pet loss and bereavement.

Dog Party: Diary of the Best Last Day
I don't usually post links to personal tributes, but this is a wonderful, moving example of how to plan a "parting day" and create a farewell event for one's pet and family.
A site where you can register a missing pet, along with useful tips for finding a lost pet.

Grief Healing
An excellent resource from pet loss counselor Marty Tousley. It offers an extensive collection of Marty's articles and columns on grief, plus other resources.

Healing and Inspirational Poetry
Dozens of lovely poems and "Rainbow Bridge Arrival Stories."

Hoofbeats in Heaven
A site dedicated to resources on "horse loss support," including an e-mail support group.

How to care for a pet after the owner has passed away
Interesting article on another aspect of pets and loss - how to ensure that your pet is cared for in the event of your death.

In Memory of Pets
An extensive collection of links, book references, and other resources for pet loss.

Just Over the Rainbow Bridge Blog
An excellent blog covering a variety of useful topics on pet loss.

Land of Pure Gold: Leaving Pawprints on Our Hearts
Loads of tips and resources from a site dedicated to golden retrievers.

Lightning Strike Pet-Loss Support Page
One of the oldest pet-loss sites on the web, with an eclectic selection of resources and links. Now offers pet loss support blogs!

New England Pet Hospice Blog
An excellent site with loads of good information on pet loss, grief, coping, and dealing with a pet's terminal illness.

Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets
The primary site for information on pet hospice care.

Paws of the Heart
Though aimed primarily at the Virginia area, this site offers a wide range of poems, articles and other tips for grieving.

Pet Hospice Care
A discussion group focusing on pet hospice care and bereavement.

Pet Grief and Pet Love
A very nice blog from a counselor on various aspects of pet loss and grief.

The Pet Loss Grief Support Website & Candle Ceremony
Loads of information on pet loss, including online ceremonies, tributes, articles, links, etc.
Articles, a weekly blog, and a place to add your photo tribute for weekly postings.

Pet Loss Matters
This is a fabulous site with lots of resources. It offers free tributes, a means of keeping a pet loss or remembrance diary, and loads of quotes on pets and pet loss.

Pet Loss: Understanding Grief in Children

Rainbow Bridge Movie
A short, sweet "movie" version of the Rainbow Bridge story.

Top 50 Web Sites and Forums for Grief Counseling
Though not focused specifically on pet loss, this is an excellent roundup of sites on grieving and grief counseling, including support groups and online memorial sites.

UK Counselling Directory: Bereavement
Though not specifically focused on pet loss, this directory would be a good place to start a search for a UK bereavement counsellor.

Understanding Depression
A general information site on depression.


All Creatures Do Go to Heaven... Especially Pets
The presentation on this site can be a bit off-putting, but the verses and translation details are very interesting and worth exploring.

Animals in Heaven: Proof that Animals Go to Heaven
A number of useful scripture references on the topic.

Creatures in Heaven
A publisher of books, DVDs and music on the issue of whether pets go to heaven.

Do Animals Have Souls?
This is not a Christian site per se, but has some interesting comparisons of religious views on the issue, as well as a discussion of pets on the astral plane.
A number of loss-related resources, plus health tips and other info, and a book and articles dealing with the "pets in heaven" issue.

For the Love of Animals
A variety of articles discussing the salvation of animals, including a sermon by John Wesley!


American Association of Mobile and Housecall Veterinarians
A directory of mobile veterinarians; this is a good place to start a search if you're looking for someone who will provide euthanasia services in your home.

In-Home Pet Euthanasia Directory
A state-by-state directory to veterinarians who provide in-home euthanasia, house-calls, hospice services and more.

Backyard Burial
A site encouraging the home burial of pets, with stories, tips and resources.

Equine Protection Network - Cemeteries and Crematories for Horses
A guide to facilities that handle burials or cremations for horses.

Green Pet Burial Society
Information and advocacy regarding natural burials within pet cemeteries for those who prefer burial to cremation, and natural burial to underground entombment. They also address pet burials in family plots of (human) cemeteries.

Anthony Eddy's Wildlife Studio - Pet Animal Preservation
Information on freeze-drying pets.

Perpetual Pet
Information on freeze-drying pets.


A Dog's Guide to the Hereafter
Not a tribute site per se, but a delightful photo presentation of what might come next, in a dog's afterlife.

Angel Cats
Cat memorial site in the UK. (Lots of popups, unfortunately.)

Chance's Spot

A memorial/tribute site. This site charges a fee for posting memorials (portions go to charity), but also offers a number of useful (free) resources.

Heaven's Playground Pet Memorial
A site where pet owners can post memorials and tributes; plus a discussion forum, poetry, sympathy e-cards, and links.
Offers a free online memorial listing for three months, and charges a small fee for longer (or large) listings. All profits go to humane associations.

In Memory of Pets

Light a Candle
An interesting site where you can light a "virtual candle" in memory of your pet.

Pet Loss Matters

Pet Memorial Website
A place to post free memorials, photos, tributes, stories, etc.

A free site where you can post photos and stories about your pet.
Free text memorials; may be a fee for photo memorials.

Washington State University Pet Memorial Program
By donating to the WSU pet memorial program, you can post a tribute or you can obtain access for a friend or loved one to post a tribute to their pet.


Animal Love and Loss Network
An organization of pet loss counselors and professionals; offers links to support groups, plus a chat room.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement Chat Room
Chat rooms for pet loss and anticipatory pet loss; click the "Chatrooms" button on the left to find the current schedule.

Chance's Spot Online Support Group
Meets online every Thursday from 9 to 10 P.M. Eastern time.

Grief Healing
Online support/discussion group available 24/7.
Pet loss discussion forums.

Pet Hospice Care
A discussion group focusing on pet hospice care and bereavement.

The Pet Loss Grief Support Website & Candle Ceremony
Sophie's Sweeties
An online forum on pet loss - registration is required.


1-2-3 Greetings: Electronic Pet Loss Condolence Cards
Free electronic pet loss condolence cards.

In Memory of Pets
You can order printed sympathy cards from this site.
Pet Condolence Messages
This helpful site offers suggestions of messages to include in a pet loss bereavement card, and pet loss-related quotes.


Here are links to some of our articles that have been translated into other languages:

Les animaux de compagnie vont-ils au ciel?
Do Pets Go to Heaven?

Soutien lors de la perte de nos petit compagnons
French pet loss site; includes French translation of "Ten Tips on the Loss of Your Pet."

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet is also available in Japanese.

NOTE: If you would like to post a translation of materials on this site, please contact Moira Allen.

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Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet is now available as an e-book (PDF) for just $5!
Download now!

When a pet dies, you want help... fast!

You'll find it in Moira Allen's Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet. In a book filled with comfort, compassion and support, you'll find the tools and tips you need to:
  • Understand the feelings you're going through -- and find ways to ease the pain
  • "Say good-bye" with memorials, tributes and other coping strategies
  • Help your children and other family members deal with their grief
  • Deal with people who "just don't understand"
  • Help surviving pets cope with the loss of a missing companion
  • Come to terms with the guilt we so often feel when a pet dies
  • Handle the agonizing decision of euthanasia
  • Choose the best and most comforting "final resting place" for your pet
  • Determine when and how to bring a new companion into your home (how soon is too soon?)
  • Improve your chances of recovering a lost or stolen pet
  • Help a friend cope with loss

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