Pet Loss Grief & Bereavement Support in Delaware | Paws to Heaven Crematory

Bereavement Services

PetFriends, Inc

Petfriends provides 24-hour telephone support, information and referrals to people mourning or anticipating the loss of a pet through death or any other kind of separation. Trained CONTACT volunteers offer nonjudgmental listening. Personal follow-up and information packets are available upon request.
NJ Residents Dial (800) 404-PETS
Outside of NJ Dial (856) 234-4688

University Of Pennsylvania

The Grief Counseling Department at Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University Of Pennsylvania was created to address the emotional needs of pet owners suffering the loss of a companion animal.
To help pet owners work through the grief associated with losing a companion animal, a pet bereavement support group is offered to the clients of Ryan Hospital, as well as the outside community. This service provides individuals with an opportunity to be educated about pet loss and the human-animal bond, but more importantly, it provides a means to connect with others suffering similar losses. Often, the support of peers can offer strength and coping mechanisms to help in the healing process.
For further information on our Social Work programs, please contact the Grief Counseling Department at (215) 746-8247.

Online Resources

A not-for-profit association of professional counselors and pet-lovers helping people cope with the loss of their pets. 
An article covering grieving, the five stages of mourning, how to explain pet loss to a child, and reasons for euthanasia.
A memorial/tribute site. This site charges a fee for posting memorials (portions go to charity), but also offers a number of useful (free) resources.
An excellent resource from pet loss counselor Marty Tousley. It contains an extensive collection of articles and columns on grief, plus other resources. The one downside is that it is graphics-intensive and can take a long time to load (but it's worth the wait).
A (long) page of pet loss tips and resources from a golden retriever site. A key resource is a state-by-state guide to pet loss resources and support groups; click on the map to find resources in your state. In addition to links, poetry and basic tips, this page offers an extensive list of books for adults and children. Also graphics-heavy and slow to load.
Links to dozens of poems on pet loss and related topics.
One of the oldest pet loss sites on the web, with an eclectic selection of resources and links.
Offers information on "The Rainbow Bridge" in several different languages, plus a Monday evening worldwide candle ceremony for pets. Also offers a chat room, translations of the ceremony, poetry, articles, books, links to online support groups, links to telephone support, an article on grief writing and links to other resources.
Links to university and veterinary hospital hotlines and a variety of counselors and organizations that offer telephone support to pet owners.
This site contains a wide range of free electronic sympathy cards for pets (dogs, cats, birds, horses and ferrets), along with links to several other pet loss card sites.
Good article on euthanasia and on how to determine when the time is right.