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.
–Henri Nouwen

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.