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Pet Loss Resources by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang

Pet Loss Resources

Perhaps the biggest hurdle for pet owners suffering with grief after the loss of a pet is reaching out for help. Many owners are not even aware that such resources exist. The grief of a loss is compounded when you don’t have a support system that recognizes just how intense the grieving process can be after the loss of a beloved pet, but help and understanding is out there.

Here are some of my recommended resources for bereaved pet owners:

Pet Loss Resources to Read

The Loss of  a Pet BookThe Loss of a Pet, by Wallace Sife. There are plenty of books about losing a pet on the market, but what makes this book stand out is how practical and pragmatic it is as a resource for both pet owners and pet professionals. While being sympathetic and demonstrating deep compassion for bereaved owners, Dr. Sife’s focus in this book is to help you understand the grieving process particularly as it pertains to pets and gain a better knowledge of why you are feeling the way you are.

Pet Loss Resources to Type

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement – This site has an extensive catalogue of references for owners going through the bereavement process, but what really makes it stand out are the online chat rooms. Six days a week, chats staffed by trained pet loss counselors can give you a person to talk to without having to leave your living room. There is even a separate chat for anticipatory bereavement, for owners whose pet has not passed but is experiencing terminal illness.

Pet Loss Help – Another good source of resources for bereaved pet owners.

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang - Pet Loss ExpertJessica Vogelsang, DVM is an author, veterinarian, and owner of the award winning pet-centric website pawcurious.com. Dr. Vogelsang is a regular contributor to multiple online publications on topics related to pet health and the human-animal bond. Dr. Vogelsang is currently practicing as a hospice care specialist with Paws into Grace in San Diego, and has a special interest in helping loving pet owners through the difficult end of life stage.

Pet Loss Resources at I Remember You

Pet Loss - Dog and Boy

Welcome to the Pet Loss Resources Blog on I Remember You

Welcome to I Remember You’s Pet Loss Resources blog. We’re glad that you are here and seeking more information about pet loss and pet grief.

Pet loss is hard for many pet parents. In 2012, over 62 percent of U.S. households included at least one pet.* It’s safe to say that if you are experiencing grief related to pet loss, you are certainly not alone.

The relationship between humans and pets can vary significantly and so can our feelings about when we lose our pets. We all experience grief in different ways and at different times.

Real Resources to Help You with Grief Related to Pet Loss

Pet Loss - Cat snuggling with womanOur goal for I Remember You is to provide a place of healing and understanding for families and individuals who feel grief or loss due to the death or illness of a pet. If you have come here seeking more understanding on behalf a family member, friend or co-worker, we applaud you for caring about your loved one.

On this pet loss blog, you will find:

  • Online resources on how to cope with grief relating to pet loss,
  • Books and offline reading materials relating to pet grief,
  • Articles from veterinary and mental health experts,
  • Thoughtful ways and ideas to memorialize your pet,
  • Ideas and tips about how families and children cope with pet loss together.

We hope this blog helps anyone and everyone coping with pet related grief. If you have a question or feedback about the blog, or I Remember You, please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Page.

*Statistic from APPA study