Grief Counseling

The Rainbow Bridge is one of our favorite sentiments as we navigate the process of losing an animal companion so please take a moment to read this heartfelt poem. We've also collected a number of grief counseling resources below who can offer many different kinds of support from online communities, to the psychology behind grief, to additional poetry and inspirational resources to help you commemorate your best friend.

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills, and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again, and again, and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

- Author Unknown

Grief Counseling Resources on the web

The following resources are a comprehensive list of grief counseling services for you and your family. If you have any questions or comments please get in touch here.

 

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support, a non-profit organization, provides compassionate support to caregivers thought the grief that comes before, during and after the loss of a beloved pet.  No cost services include in-person, online and by phone support. Reach out to Day By Day's dedicated team of pet loss professionals or connect with their pet parent community where you can receive and lend support to others who are also walking a grief journey.

In-person support in PA, NJ, NY, DE, and D.C.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, A not-for-profit association of professional counselors and pet-lovers helping people cope with the loss of their pets.

Coping with the Loss of a Pet, In this highly informative article, Dr. Jeff Feinman takes you through the five stages of mourning, how to explain pet loss to a child, and reasons for euthanasia.

Grief Healing, This excellent resource from pet loss counselor Marty Tousley is an extensive collection of articles and columns on grief, courses on healing as well as an online community discussion groups.

Having to Say Goodbye, An effective list of pet loss tips and resources from a golden retriever site. A key resource is a state-by-state guide to pet loss resources and support groups; click on the map to find resources in your state. In addition to links, poetry and basic tips, this page offers information on books for adults and children.

Healing and Inspirational Poetry, Petloss offers a wonderful list of poems and personal sentiments by pet owners about their special friends.

Lightning Strike Pet-Loss Support Page, This is one of the oldest pet loss sites on the web, with an eclectic selection of resources and links. Like Grief Healing above this site also has an online community to connect with others and chat about what you’re experiencing.