The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing… not curing… that is a friend who cares.
When we’re grieving, this type of friend can be hard to find. Even the most well-meaning friends and family members can find it hard to be present with us while we grieve a loss. This can be especially true with the loss of a beloved animal.
However, the other side of this coin is equally true: oftentimes we find exactly the kind of support we need from strangers, such as the people you may meet in a pet loss support group.
In order to find a support group in your area, enter your zip code along with the words “pet loss support group”, into an internet search engine. This search will give you results for both local and virtual groups.
In addition to a web search, you might contact the bereavement department of a human hospice in your area. The bereavement staff may be able to provide grief support to you as a member of their community. They may also be able to refer you to other grief resources in your area.
24/7 Support Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress. Prevention and crisis resources. 800-273-8255 (TALK)
Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds from the Crisis Text Line's secure online platform.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 800-950-6264 Text NAMI to 741741 Find local NAMI resources at nami.org.
211 211 is a vital service that connects millions of people to help every year. To get expert, caring help, simply call 211 or go to 211.org.
The Trevor Project 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ people 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
Veterans' Crisis Line 24/7 support service for veterans and their loved ones 800-273-8255 (Talk), Press 1, or text 838255
Listeners on Call Connect anyone, anywhere, anytime with someone who has a related personal experience and is ready to listen. Go to Listeners On Call to download their app.