Working Through Pet Loss

It is normal to feel grief and mourn the loss of your beloved pet. To most pet owners, the pet is considered a member of the family. There are several stages of grief (denial, anger or guilt, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), but not everyone experiences all of them or in the same order.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve; there is only your way. It is very important to remember that some people with the best of intentions may say some inappropriate things in an effort to help. If you are having a difficult time in accepting your pet’s death, you may want to discuss your feelings with someone trained to understand the grieving process, such as a grief counselor, clergyman, social worker, physician, or psychologist.

Anti-Cruelty offers a free, virtual group program, called Working Through Pet Loss. The group meets virtually via the video app Zoom, monthly, from 6–7:30 p.m. CST. The group is led by trauma and grief counselor, Yvette Camacho, LCPC.

To register, create an Acuity Scheduling account at the top right of our registration page. This ensures you can view the event details and make any necessary changes. Next, select the top right corner of the registration page.

Follow the subsequent steps and check your email after registering. Once you receive the Acuity Scheduling verification email, open and select the verification link. 

Virtual Pet Loss Support Group meets the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month. To register, see schedule below.