Bereavement Support

Guiding you from grief to remembrance…

The loss of a pet is significant and real. When it’s time to say goodbye to your pet, we offer grief support for the entire family.

As highly-trained pet funeral professionals, we are not only educated, but honored, to help you along your journey of grief and recovery. In addition to our personal attention, we provide professional resources to assist you in your grieving process.

Along with books and articles, we have listed individuals or agencies who can help you as well. It is our privilege to be your guide and companion during this difficult time of loss in your life.

Articles

Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss (PDF) by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.

How Soon Should You Get a New Pet? (PDF) by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.

To read or print these PDF documents, you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader; if you do not have the Reader, you can download a free copy here.

When Children Grieve by John W. James, Russell Friedman, Dr Leslie Matthews

When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing by Alan D. Wolfelt, PH. D. Wolfelt

Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost Pets by Gary Kurz

Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty J. Carmack

Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain (children’s book)

Goodbye, My Friend: Celebrating the Memory of a Pet by Devon O’Day, Kim McLean

The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran, Dan Andreasen (Illustrator), Dan Andreasen (Illustrator) (children’s book)

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Links and Other Resources

The Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement
Extensive resources and articles written by trained bereavement counseling volunteers.

College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois Helpline and specific information on grieving, euthanasia, children and pet loss, as well as meaningful ways to memorialize your beloved animal friend. See also their page on Family Grief.

Chance’s Spot, Pet Loss and Support Resources
Chance’s Spot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals who have suffered the loss of a dearly loved pet.

You will be sad, I understand.
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
I know in time that you will see
The kidness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.

 

– Unknown Author

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies who has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

– Unknown Author

Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer’s night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon shine is mine.

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to through the Lord up above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me friend, I’m every place!

 

– Unknown Author

To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God’s creatures.
I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique.
Don’t hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

Your Pets In Heaven

– Ken D. Conover

 

Guiding you through the loss of your pet… because your pet is part of the family.