Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital

42902 Waxpool Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4525


Grief Support

Broadlands / Ashburn, VA - Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital - Grief Support



Argus Institute at Colorado State University: Support and resources for understanding and processing grief.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement: Professionally trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling.

ASPCA, Pet Loss: Information and support from ASPCA psychologist and grief counselor Dr. Stephanie LaFarge, PhD.  You may submit a question for Dr. LaFarge as well.

Chance's Spot: A "nonprofit organization that assists and supports pet parents and professionals with pet loss and bereavement issues."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: Pet Loss Support Hotline (607-253-3932, Tuesday-Thursday, 6:00pm-9:00pm) and links to "Resources for Grieving."

Grief Online: Tributes, resources, and information about candle-lighting ceremonies. This is a gentle and compassionate website for pet lovers who are grieving over the death of a pet or an ill pet.  Here you will find personal support, thoughtful advice, the Monday Pet Loss Candle Ceremony, Tribute Pages, healing poetry (such as "The Rainbow Bridge"), and much more. Tips for coping with grief and other helpful information and links.

Rainbow Bridge: Anyone who has ever lost a pet should visit this site; it is a tribute to our lost family members.

Self-Healing Expressions: "Bringing the self to healing, one lesson at a time."

Sunset Pet Services, Inc.: SPSI, owned and managed by pet owners, provides practical and sensitive answers to our pet owners who face one's inevitable passing.  SPSI strives to treat each pet and family with respect and dignity during difficult times.

Tufts University Pet Loss Support: Online resources, including support groups and chat rooms.  Featuring 24-hour voicemail, their hotline can be reached at (508) 839-7966.

UC-Davis Center for Companion Animal Health: Links to web resources and pet loss support hotlines. 

University of Illinois, C.A.R.E.: Companion Animal Related Emotions online resources and Pet Loss Helpline.  Helpline can be reached at 877-394-CARE (2273), Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Grieving? You don't have to be alone."  Pet Loss Support information, links, and hotline (866-266-8635).


More Support Hotlines:

Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Helpline: 630-325-1600

Michigan State University Pet Loss Support Hotline: 517-432-2696


For Children:


Consider the illustrated children's book, When You Have to Say Goodbye: Loving and Letting Go of Your Pet by Monica Mansfield, DVM.  This book "gently describes the why's surrounding end-of-life issues with animals," and it can help both children and adults find ways to "move through this experience in a positive fashion."