We love and care for them daily. We celebrate their birthdays and their “gotcha” days. They bring us happiness and laughter. Losing a pet can be just as difficult as losing a close family member or friend, and this loss can be overwhelming for pet owners. Grieving the loss of a beloved pet is normal, and there are resources available to help pet owners process their feelings after saying goodbye to their furry, scaled, or feathered loved one.

Online Resources

Lap of Love: https://www.lapoflove.com/pet-loss-support-resources

Rainbow Bridge: https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/grief_support_center/grief_support_home.htm

Blue Pearl: The support group meets every other Wednesday via Zoom from 6–7 p.m.  Email  [email protected] to receive the link to attend

Madison Veterinary Specialists: https://www.mvsvets.com/pet-loss/

Books for Children

Dog Heaven-Cynthia Rylant

Cat Heaven-Cynthia Rylant

When a Pet Dies-Fred Rogers

Books for Adults

Losing My Best Friend-Jeannie Wycherley

Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet-Gary Kowalski

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates-Gary Kurz