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Pet Loss

"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ~ Helen Keller

        To many people, pets are more than just entertaining animals that live in, or outside of, the home.  They are best friends, family members, heroes, and so much more than words can possibly describe.  When a pet passes away, it is very common for people to mourn their pet like they would any other valued member of the family.  This is a completely normal process that can take a lifetime to cope with.  Below, Katie has listed several websites, books, and support groups that can be of great comfort to anybody who has lost a pet either recently, or quite some time ago.

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support 
Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support Circles provide a safe, secure, non-judgmental environment where you can share your feelings and struggles regarding your pet care giving or pet loss experience  Through discussions with other pet caregivers, you'll learn that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Day By Day is a non profit organization, and all services are completely free.  Aside from monthly support circle meetings, Day By Day also offers a 24 hour hotline number, yahoo group, and monthly chat rooms.  Please check our calendar on our Events page for more details about when and where support circles will be held.

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
This is an association based out of New Jersey.  The website has a lot of information, and the association hosts chat rooms to discuss pet loss every day of the week.

Pet Loss Support Page
This website has pages and pages of information about grief, how to talk to children about death, pet loss support hotline numbers, and links to very unique pet memorial keepsakes.

Healing and Inspirational Poetry
This website has many comforting poems.

ASPCA Pet Loss 
This page also lists a pet loss hotline, along with lots of information about end of life care, how to help your children, and more.

Surviving the Heartbreak of Choosing Death for Your Pet. Linda M Peterson, Greentree Pub, ISBN 0965257223 (February 1997)
A Final Act of Caring: Ending the life of an Animal Friend. Mary & Herb Montgomery, Amer Animal Hospital Assn, ISBN 1879779021 (July 1993)       
The Loss of a Pet. Wallace Sife, Howell Book House; Third Edition ISBN  0764579304 edition (September 1, 2005)
Grieving the Death of a Pet. Betty Carmack, AUGSBURG BOOKS, ISBN 080664348X (January 1, 2003)
When Kitty Passed Away: Explaining Pet Cremation to a Child. Linda Makkay, Beaver's Pond Press, ISBN 1592981879 (August 1, 2007)
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet. Moira Allen, Dog Ear Publishing, LLC, ISBN 159858453720 Anv Exp edition (September 18, 2007)
Journey Through Pet Loss. D. Antinori, YokoSpirit Publications, ISBN 0966884817 (Revised 2000) Audio Cassette
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet. Gary Kowalski, Stillpoint Publishing, ISBN 1883478227 (1997)

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