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Grief Support

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The journey we must travel after the loss of a cherished pet is a personal one, but it does not have to be done alone.  The GriefCare program provides compassion, direction and most importantly, someone to listen and help you find appropriate resources.

Grief Resources

Companions for Life offers a variety of resources to pet parents wo are grieving.

*Books about grieving the loss of a beloved pet


*Assistance finding local and national support groups

*The GriefCare Line

How does the GriefCare Line work?

The GriefCare Line, an exclusive free service offered by Companions for Life, is a 24-hour telephone grief counseling service designed especially for grieving families in central and eastern Iowa.  It is staffed by trained, compassionate counselors with a required college degree in Human Services, all of whom are pet parents.

Pet parents are encouraged to call anytime, from anywhere, when they simply need to talk to someone.  There is no charge for this service; hoever, those calling outside the Linn County area will have a long distance charge on thier land-line bill. 

Your local private access number is (319) 362-5929



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.

Grief and Pet Loss by Margaret Muns, DVM


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


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

The Argus Institute, Colorado State University
A reading list and links to resources for families and veterinarians.

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.

Pet Loss Support Hotline, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine


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