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Grief Support

Losing a loved family member is very difficult. We work with pet owners to make appropriate end-of-life decisions. When the time comes, we ensure that your pet departs peacefully and with dignity.
Our euthanasia services include:

  • Compassionate support through the decision-making process
  • Early-morning and end-of-day appointments
  • Emotional support through the euthanasia process
  • Individual and general cremation options

We have compiled several resources many people have found helpful in coping with the loss of a pet:

Online Resources

Pet Loss Support Hotlines (grief counseling)

  • (630) 325-1600—Staffed by the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • (607) 253-3932—Staffed by Cornell University veterinary students
  • (217) 244-2273(CARE) or (877) 394-2273(CARE)—Staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students
  • (888) 478-7574(ISU-PLSH)—Staffed by Iowa State University veterinary students and volunteers
  • (517) 432-2696—Staffed by Michigan State University veterinary students
  • (614) 292-1823—Staffed by Ohio State University veterinary students
  • (508) 839-7966—Staffed by Tufts University veterinary students
  • (540) 231-8038—Staffed by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM)
  • (509) 335-5704—Staffed by Washington State University veterinary students



  • It Must Hurt A Lot: A Child’s Book About Death by D. Sanford
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by J. Viorst
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by L. Buscaglia
  • The Dead Bird by M. Brown
  • Badger’s Parting Gifts by S. Varley
  • Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?: A Pet Loss Memory Book by S. Sibbitt
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • The Cat Next Door by B.R. Wright
  • Dog Heaven by C. Rylant
  • Children and Pet Loss: A Guide for Helping by M. Tousley


  • The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping with the Grieving Process When a Pet Dies by W. Sife
  • Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children by H. Nieburg
  • My Personal Remembrance Journal by E. Traisman
  • Loving and Losing a Pet: A Psychologist and a Veterinarian Share Their Wisdom by M. Stern and S. Cropper
  • Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by M.A. Allen
  • It’s Okay to Cry by M. Quintana, S. Veleba, and H. King
  • For Every Dog an Angel by C. Davis
  • Cold Nose at the Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet by G. Kurz
  • Dogs Have Souls Too: The Spirit of Miss Sarah by G. and E. Watson
  • Conversations with My Old Dog by R. Pasick
  • Journey Through Pet Loss by D. Antinori