Grief Support

Because we are pet lovers ourselves, we understand that many people grieve just as deeply over the loss of their pet as they do over the passing of a family member.

For this reason, we are dedicated to providing the same compassionate support to all of the families we serve, including those who have recently lost a furry family member.

Closure is an extremely important part of any grieving process.  We offer several perfect ways to say goodbye to a dearly loved pet following it’s death.  Our compassionate staff specializes in guiding families through their grief, we also have a bereavement specialist on staff to help you and your family through the difficult time following the loss of your pet. We offer our complimentary Comfort Circle – a six week bereavement support class – on a quarterly basis and our complimentary Tree of Memories holiday remembrance program.  At Anderson-McQueen we are committed to helping you along the path we all walk in life’s grief journey.

Losing a pet is often a child’s first experience with death and it is extremely important to make this situation as positive as possible.  Our skilled professionals will be ready to help your child understand their confusing emotions as they say goodbye to their beloved pet in a healthy way.

Articles

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


Books

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

Links and Resources

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

Contact Information

2201 Dr. MLK St. North
St. Petersburg, FL
Telephone (727) 822-2059
Fax (727) 822-3362


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