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Illinois Pet Loss Resources

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(630) 325-1600 - Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (see "Support Groups"); leave message, calls will be returned beween 7-9 pm CST; long-distance calls will be returned collect.

(877) 394-2273 - University of Illinois CARE Pet Loss Helpline - (toll-free) Sun/T/Th 7-9pm CST; voice mail messages will be returned. Local calls: (217) 244-2273.,


Burr Ridge: "Wings," Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, 100 Tower Drive, Suite 234, Burr Ridge, IL 60527, 630-325 1231, Helpline 630-325-1600,, Meets 7:30-9:00 PM on the first Wednesday of the month. There is no need to call ahead and the meetings are free. Donations made go to the CVMA foundation.

Chicago: The Anti-Cruelty Society hosts the bimonthly Working Through Pet Loss support group in its Education and Training Center (located at 169 W. Grand Ave.). The program is free, but pre-registration is required. To learn more and register, visit Other questions can be directed to

Chicago: Michelle Downey, Psy.D., Grief Drs., 312-656-2928, Join Dr. Michelle Downey, Psy.D., to share your stories about your ill, compromised or recently passed pet. Receive emotional support during you and your pet's transitions. Evanston IL and Chicago Loop Locations. Chicago: 180 N Michigan Ave., Suite 2404. Every 2nd and 4th Tues of the month. $10/month includes refreshments. RSVP preferred at

Chicago: Pet Grief Group, PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Meets third Wednesdsay of each month, 7-8 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Joy Davy,, 630-935-7915 (see counselor listing below). Evanston: Michelle Downey, Psy.D., Grief Drs., 312-656-2928, Join Dr. Michelle Downey, Psy.D., to share your stories about your ill, compromised or recently passed pet. Receive emotional support during you and your pet's transitions. Evanston IL and Chicago Loop Locations. Evanston: Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St. Every 2nd and 4th Wed of the month. $10/month includes refreshments. RSVP preferred at

Hinsdale: Monthly Pet grief group sponsored by the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery. Meets at 15 Spinning Wheel Rd., Hinsdale, IL 60521 (basement conference room). Meets the fourth Monday of each month; free. Facilitator: Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC. For information call Joy Davy at 630-935-7915 or email

Lincolnshire: Marilyn G. Putz, MA, Lincolnshire Animal Hospital Pet Loss Counseling, 420 Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire, IL 60069, (847) 634-9250, Support group available periodically as demand warrants; call to sign up.

Machesney Park:Claire Bluhm, MS, ALMFT at The Relationship Resource Center, 8022B North 2nd Street, Machesney Park, IL, (815) 299-1600,, Support groups provided at this location on an as-needed basis; call for information and times.


Alton: Monica Moffet, MA, LCPC, Transitions Counseling Center, 3200 W 3rd Street, Suite 707, Alton, Il 62002, (618) 463-5927,,

Arlington Heights: Lynn Bednarz, MA, LCPC, CADC, 115 S. Wilke Rd., Ste. 203, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, (847) 951-1457,

Barrington: Joan Kellogg, MA, The Healing Center LLC, 202 South Cook Street Suite 210, Barrington, IL 60010, 847-382-2286,

Barrington: Natalee Serpico, MA, LCPC, DAPA, 100 Fox Glen, Barrington, IL 60010, (847) 304-0781 ext.5

Barrington: Theresa McCay Boutrouss, LC SW, CADC, The Center for Intra-Spection, One Whitetail Trail, Barrington, IL 60010, 312-953-1243/847-526-5205,,

Batavia: Rob Castillo, Creative Counseling Connections, 143 First Street Suite 207, Batavia, IL 60510, (630) 865-8399,,

Chicago: Kristin Buller, MA, LCSW, 216 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 700, Chicago, IL, 60606, (872) 216-0255,,

Chicago: Michelle Downey, Psy.D., Grief Drs. Our animals open our interior window to our emotions. I would be honored to listen to you and provide counsel as you transition with your pet when s/he ages, becomes ill, nears the Bridge or has left us. My practice is complimented by multiple years of showing and training small and large animals. Student, senior, and professional membership discounts. SKYPE at michelle.downeydoc, or make an appointment at North Shore (Evanston) and Chicago Loop offices. Hope to listen to you soon - Michelle. Grief Drs., 180 N Michigan Ave #2404, Chicago IL, 312-656-2928,

Chicago: Joslyn K. Jelinek, LCSW, 3020 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, (773) 517-3448,,

Elmhurst: Jackie Wolfe, LCSW, CSADC, 381 N. York Rd. #10, Elmhurst, IL< 60126, 630-782-0405,

Evanston: Jerry M. Zabin, LCSW, Zabin and Associates, 2550 Crawford, Suite 12, Evanston, IL 60201, (847) 677-3055,,

Highland Park: Deb Wojcik, LCSW, 1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 216, Highland Park, IL 60035, (773) 743-1386,

Hinsdale: Joy Davy, M.S., LCPC, NCC, Therapist, 15 Spinning Wheel Road, Suite 417, Hinsdale, IL 60521, 630-935-7915,,

Lincolnshire: Marilyn G. Putz, MA, Lincolnshire Animal Hospital Pet Loss Counseling, 420 Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire, IL 60069, (847) 634-9250,,

Machesney Park: Claire Bluhm, MS, ALMFT at The Relationship Resource Center, 8022B North 2nd Street, Machesney Park, IL, (815) 299-1600,,

Northfield: Laura Roetgerman, MA, 465 Central Avenue Suite 201, Northfield, IL 60093, 847.446.4617 ext. 331,,

Park Ridge: Linda S. Levi MA, LCPC, 1580 North Northwest Hwy, Suite 10, Park Ridge, IL 60068, (847) 824 9590. Offering group and individual counseling for adults, children and families related to loss.

Schaumburg: Lynn Bednarz, MA, LCPC, CADC, 237 Southwick Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173 (847) 951-1457,

Schaumburg: Asako Hoichi, NCC, LCPC, Mindful Professional Counseling, 1900 East Golf Road, Suite 950, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 899-3329,,

Schaumburg: Rae Mazzei, Psy.D., CADC, BCB, Evolutions Behavioral Health, 1827 Walden Office Square, Schaumburg, IL, 847-386-8829,,

South Bend: Mona Mathis, MS, LCSW, Mathis Counseling Services, South Bend, IN, 574-273-1598,


Aurora:Kari Trotsky, D.V.M., Peaceful Endings for Pets, 3900 Gabrielle Ln., P.O. Box 6601, Aurora, IL 60598 630-205-4275,, Serving Chicago and suburbs.

Chicago: Dr. Nathaniel Cook, A Living Bond Veterinary Care. A Living Bond Veterinary Care provides gentle in-home care for senior and geriatric pets. Whether your older pet needs wellness support, palliative care, hospice care, or end of life care, such as euthanasia, we will always treat you and your beloved animal companion with love and understanding. A Living Bond Veterinary Care, 1425 W. Balmoral Ave. #1, Chicago, IL 60640, 773-706-2734,,

Chicago Dr. Juliana Lyles, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Lap of Love, Chicago, IL, (847) 260-8066,,

Chicago: Dr. Jessica Miller, Your Pet's Wellness, 2319 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, (773) 697-8176,,

Chicago: Pet Loss At Home, 8am-8pm, Seven Days A Week, Within 1-3 Hours Notice, One Hour Radius of Greater Chicago Area Including All Suburbs. Multiple Veterinarians, Better Availability. 877-219-4811,

Chicago/Sugar Grove: Dr. Alicia Harris and Dr. Lucy Hanus, Compassionate Heart, Sugar Grove, IL 60554, 630-901-6901,, Chicago and 2-hour radius.

Naperville: Lisa McIntyre, DVM, Hearthside Hospice and Euthanasia Services/The Welcome Waggin' Mobile Veterinary Service P.C., 3108 S. Route 59 Suite 124, Naperville, Il 60564, 630-699-3113,,


Aurora: Pets Are Family, Too - Cremation Service, 4255 Westbrook Drive, Ste. 227, Aurora, IL 60504, 1-800-452-1957,

Bloomington: Faithful Friends Memory Gardens, Parkhill Cemetery, 1105 S Morris Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701-6352, (309) 828-8424

Cary: Fawnwoods of Windridge Memorial Park, P.O. Box 450, Cary, IL 60013, (847) 639-3883

Chicago: Pets Are Family, Too - Cremation Service, 6471 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago, IL 60631; 1374 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60651; 736 W. Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60613; 1-800-452-1957,

Crystal Lake: Pets Are Family, Too - Cremation Service, 41 N. Virginia, Unit B, Crystal Lake, IL 60014, 1-800-452-1957,

East Dundee: All Paws Pet Cremation & Remembrance Services, East Dundee, IL 60118, (847) 428-8144,,

Elmhurst: Elmlawn Pet Cemetery & Pet Crematorium, 401 E Lake St., Elmhurst, IL 60126-5500, (630) 833-9696

Evanston: Forever Pets Funeral Home, Evanston, IL, 872-232-8295, http://www.ForeverPetsFuneralHome.Com, ForeverPetsFH@Aol.Com. Mailing address: Forever Pets Funeral Home, 7333 North Ridge Blvd # 405, Chicago, IL 60645

Geneseo: Vandemore Pet Cremation Services, 580 E Ogden Ave., Geneseo, IL 61254, 309-944-1498,,

Glen Carbon: Faithful Friends Pet Garden, Sunset Hills Memorial Estates, 50 Fountain Drive at Rt. 157, Glen Carbon, IL 62034, 618-656-3220,,

Glen Ellyn: Pets Are Family, Too - Cremation Service, 1170 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, 1-800-452-1957,

Willowbrook: Hinsdale Animal Cemetery, 6400 S. Bentley Avenue, Willowbrook, IL 60527, 630-323-5120,,

Joliet: Kozy Acres Pet Cemetery and Crematorium, 18125 South Farrell Road, Joliet, IL 60432, 815-723-9588,,

Matteson: Pets Are Family, Too - Cremation Service, 4749 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 500, Matteson, IL 60443, 1-800-452-1957,

Mount Prospect: Pets Are Family, Too - Cremation Service, 1030 E. Northwest Hwy., Ste.100-101, Mount Prospect, IL 60056, 1-800-452-1957,

Mundelein: Family's Pet Cremation, 1290 Townline Road (Route 60), Mundelein, IL 60060, 847-970-9590,,

New Berlin: McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, 714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin, IL 62670, 1-877-724-6381, 217-488-3535,,

Park Forest: Loving Memorial Pet Care, P.O. Box 181, Park Forest, IL 60466-0181, 708-278-0008,,

Pekin: Katy's Pet Burial Supplies/Cemetery & Crematory, 905 S 5th St., Pekin, IL 61554-4521, (309) 346-1065,

Peoria: Springdale Pet Haven, Peoria, IL 61603-1603, (309) 685-7203

Plainfield: Metro Animal Service, PO Box 74, Plainfield, IL 60585, (630) 904-1100,,

Plano: Down on the Farm Pet Cemetery, 244 Jetter Rd., Plano, IL 60545, 630.553.5441,,

Quincy: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home (cremation), 1535 State Street, Quincy, IL 62301, (217) 222-4907,,

Rockford: Arlington Pet Cemetery, 6202 Charles St., Rockford, IL 61108-6823, (815) 399-5011,,

Rockford: Pets Are Family, Too - Cremation Service, Perry Chapel, 6825 Weaver Road, Rockford, IL 61114, 815-282-6202, 1-800-452-1957,

Romeoville: Pets Are Family, Too - Cremation Service, 795 Forestwood Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446, 1-800-452-1957,

Springfield: Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home and Cremation, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62703, (618) 656-3220,,,

St. Jacob: Paws Forever Pet Cremation Services, 211 North Douglas St. Jacob, IL 62281, 618-644-8103,, Serves Madison, St Clair, Bond, Clinton, Montgomery, Macoupin Counties and St. Louis Metro Area.

Vernon Hills: Aarrowood Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 24090 N. US Hwy. 45, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-3180, (847) 634-3787

Willowbrook: Hinsdale Animal Cemetery and Crematory, 6400 S. Bentley Ave., Willowbrook IL 60514, (630) 323-5120,,

Winnebago: Valhalla Pet Cemetery, 3415 N Winnebago Rd., Winnebago, IL 61088-8710, (815) 335-7207

Wood Dale: St Francis Pet Funeral Services and Crematory, 6N441 Catalpa Ave., Wood Dale, IL 60191, (708) 766-3646,,

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