It’s been four years since my beloved furball Dusty passed away and yet sometimes I still get emotional. I could see a pet commercial or a scene from a movie and something will just trigger the tears to flow. Am I better off now than I was four years ago? Yes. Does the heartache go away? No. However as a grieving pet parent, you learn to move in a forward direction and learn to live with a whole in your heart.
Our furry friends and family members wouldn’t want us to wallow in misery but to carry on with life. Like I’ve said before we only get one life and this is not a dress rehearsal. With that said, if you have been following my blog you know the reason I started this blog was to put my feelings and experiences going through pet loss to paper so others could find comfort and validation in their own experiences. You are not alone.
However, I realize that it takes more than a few blog posts to help heal the heart, so here are 5 online resources for pet loss support.
5 Online Resources for Pet Loss Support
1. Rainbow Bridge Grief Support Center
This site is great. They offer services like personal one on one chat forums and even have a direct number to call if you wish to speak to someone. They not only have a small community of pet parents but also offer virtual memorial services. You can “light a candle” in honor of your beloved pet. They also offer memorial products for sale as well.
2. Pet Loss.com
This site offers chat and phone support and a community of fellow pet parents to interact with as well. This site also has a large volume of pet loss poetry and music to reflect and meditate on. Additionally, they have articles on pet loss and bereavement as well as greeting cards. This site is how I came to discover the idea behind Rainbow Bridge. They also provide a space to give tribute to your pet as well as share other pet parents stories.
3. The Association for Pet loss and Bereavement
If you desire to speak to a trained professional you can check out the APLB- The Association for pet loss and bereavement. As taken from their website
“ We are all professionally trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling, and are here for you. Our beloved animal friends have brought us together, and in honor of them we are now all here for each other, as well. Welcome.”
This site not only offers one on one counseling , but also legal support, textbook resources and information about euthanasia options and cremation.
4. Best Friends
Best Friends.org not only supports no kill initiatives and promotes adoption, they also provide services and resources for those of us that have experienced pet loss. Check out the link for additional website and text resources available to help.
5. CPC Cares
Last but not least. Have you heard of CPC Cares? Maybe you have. If you follow my Twitter feed you see I re-tweet some of their content. They are U.K.’s leading pet crematorium and one of the first organizations to reach out to me about my blog. So for sentimental (and practical reasons) I recommend you check out their site as well. They offer cremation services, online tributes as well as products for your beloved’s final resting place like urns /headstones. Also check out their blog, as they have several posts to offer support to bereaved pet parents including a few guest posts from yours truly! You can read their blog here.
Those are my five additional resources for you to check out if you are looking for support. As a grieving pet parent, I know this is perhaps the most difficult time in your life, but you know what? You will get through this. Just take it one day at a time. It won’t be easy, however just know you are not alone. Someone out there has been in your same shoes too. I hope these resources help give you some comfort and insight. If you are still searching for even more resources to help, check out two of my previous posts here:
Have you heard of any of these resources I mentioned? What resources helped you during the grieving process? Comment and share below.